Sacked officer kills wife and child
An award-winning police officer killed his wife and six-year-old daughter in a frenzied attack on his family just days after being sacked in a dramatic fall from grace.
Tobias Day, 37, seriously injured his two other teenage children before killing himself, detectives believe.
The horror attack in the semi-detached family home is believed to have been fuelled by his dismissal last Thursday by Leicestershire Police for misusing force computers.
The former inspector, once described by police chiefs as "never off duty", killed his primary school teacher wife Samantha and youngest daughter Genevieve, and attacked Kimberley, 15 and Adam, 13, before taking his own life. The two surviving children are in serious but stable conditions at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Day was once tipped for the top and three years ago ran the London Marathon in memory of a colleague murdered in a domestic stabbing. Neighbours and colleagues were left shocked after the attack by the "respected" man as police confirmed he was fired for "matters concerning honesty and integrity".
Residents on the Days' quiet residential street in Melton Mowbray were said to have heard screams coming from their home. As officers said they were not looking for anyone else over the attacks, well-wishers laid flowers and balloons near the family home.
Neighbour Gavin Lucas, 24, said Day was well known in the area. He said: "I saw Toby out jogging and with his children. He was a good bloke, always said hello. I wouldn't have expected this from him."
Police were first alerted to the attack at around 4.23pm yesterday over reports the eldest daughter, Kimberley, had been injured. She was taken to hospital and officers forced their way into the family's house after receiving a second 999 call an hour later. They found the four remaining family members, but only one was alive.
Ivan Stafford, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation said Day had been a "very capable and respected inspector".
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced it will not carry out a formal investigation.