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Trisha (19) and Nisha (17) Lad were found dead in their Bradford home along with their parents

Trisha (19) and Nisha (17) Lad were found dead in their Bradford home along with their parents

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Trisha (19) and Nisha (17) Lad were found dead in their Bradford home along with their parents

Bradford: A father is believed to have murdered his wife and two teenage daughters before killing himself.

The bodies of Jitendra Lad (49), his wife Daksha Lad (44) and their daughters Trisha (19) and Nisha (17) were found at their detached home in Clayton, Bradford.

Police launched a murder investigation but said they were not looking for anyone else in relation the deaths.

They said early indications suggest the bodies may have been in the house "for some time" but have given no details of the circumstances in which they were found.

Tributes were paid to the "lovely" family.

Both girls had attended Thornton Grammar School in the city and Trisha was in the second year of a biochemistry degree at Leeds University. Jessica Garside, a friend of Trisha, said: "She was so lovely. She always had a bright smile on her face."

Melissa Taylor, president of the Faculty of Biological Sciences Society at the university, said on Twitter: "Heartbreaking to hear about the death of Trisha Lad, such a lovely, well-liked person. Rest in Peace."

Mr and Mrs Lad both worked as clerical officers at Bradford council, where colleagues were said to be "very upset".

David Green, leader of the local authority, said: "Local people are shocked and saddened by the news of this terrible event and our sympathy goes out to the wider family, friends and neighbours of this family."

Officers were called to the house in Blackberry Way at 8.31pm on Monday night after they were contacted by a neighbour who was concerned that the family had not been seen recently. Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson said: "This is clearly a significant incident and our investigation will be thorough as we piece together the events that have led to the deaths of a local family.

"We are now undertaking forensic inquiries to establish how these people have died.

"We are clearly keeping an open mind but from what we know at the moment we are not looking for anybody else.

"It is an extremely distressing time for the family and friends. We are trying to get as many answers as to what has happened in the property."

The quiet cul-de-sac was cordoned off yesterday but police were letting groups of tearful teenagers up to the house.

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Belfast Telegraph