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Six killed in rampage by knifeman

A murder investigation is under way after a crazed knifeman went on the rampage on Jersey killing six people, including three young children.

The attack spilled from a flat and into the street in an area described by a detective as "one of the safest places in the western world".

The victims were two women, one man and three young children believed to be Jersey residents but whose identities have not been disclosed. A 30-year-old man is under arrest at Jersey General Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Inquiries are continuing to establish a motive but it is understood no-one else is being sought over the attacks, which shocked the close knit community.

Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, leading the inquiry for States of Jersey Police, said: "It goes without saying that when you are dealing with multiple deaths, of men and women and, in particular young children, you would be inhuman not to be shaken yourself."

He said post-mortem examinations are due to be carried out on all six victims but are likely to take the next few days to complete.

Mr Gull said two victims were found outside the flats and four inside. He said the Polish family lived at the flat where the incident took place but would only say the other family were from Jersey. The suspect is part of the Polish family.

The alarm was raised just after 3pm on Sunday by a member of the public reporting a multiple stabbing at a flat at Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, St Helier. Five people were initially confirmed dead but a sixth victim - a woman - was later also pronounced dead at Jersey General Hospital. It is unclear what relationship the victims may have.

A local resident, who gave his name only as John, said he saw a woman's body on the ground covered in blood and then watched as paramedics carried the bodies of two blonde girls out of the flat. He said: "I've never seen so much blood. They were completely limp. The paramedics were crying."

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said: "Jersey is a very safe place and events of this terrible nature are very rare. This has greatly shocked the island's community. Many will need support and counselling in the days ahead and we will ensure this is provided."

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