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Father and daughter deaths probed

A murder inquiry is under way after a father and his teenage daughter died after they were found with serious injuries in a detached house in a quiet village.

The pair - named locally as Costas Pierides, 48, and Margaret Pierides, 16 - were discovered at the property in Sible Hedingham, Essex, at about 10am on Saturday.

Mr Pierides was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter died after being airlifted to hospital.

Essex Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the inquiry.

The businessman and his wife Bernadette had reportedly recently returned from a holiday abroad with their five children. The deaths happened a day after the family celebrated Margaret's younger sister Androulla's birthday.

According to Margaret's school friends, the teenager was "kicked out" by her parents but then moved back in to the family home.

Lauren Kay, 16, told reporters: "She was a bubbly girl, always talking. She left her mum and dad - they kicked her out - and she moved to Braintree but she sorted things out with her family and she went back. It all happened a few months before her GCSEs. She was having trouble getting to classes because she was in Braintree but she sat her GCSEs. I don't know what it was about. Things seemed to be OK. I saw her out at the cinema (recently) with her mum. She had (recently) posted as her (Facebook) status 'What a special girl I am, well my dad says so anyway'."

Police cordoned off the area surrounding the large detached house at the centre of the inquiry. Traffic was also prevented from using the narrow country lane bordering the property.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Police attended a house and found two people with serious injuries. "The ambulance service and Essex Police attended and gave emergency medical assistance to a 48-year-old man and a 16-year-old young woman at the address. The 48-year-old man died at the scene. The young woman was airlifted to hospital where she later died from her injuries."

Prayers will be said for the family during a service at St Peter's Church this morning - just yards from the Pierides family home.


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