Killamarsh deaths: Man, 31, charged with murdering mother and three children

Lacey Bennett (top, left) and John Paul Bennett (bottom, left) were found dead in their home in Killamarsh on Sunday. (SWNS)

A 31-year-old man has been charged with four counts of murder after a mother and three children were found dead in a house at the weekend.

Damien Bendall is accused of killing John Paul Bennett, 13, Lacey Bennett, 11, their mother Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, 11, who were found dead in a property on Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, near Sheffield, on Sunday, Derbyshire Police said.

Bendall, of Chandos Crescent, was taken to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for treatment for minor self-inflicted injuries following his arrest at the scene.

He will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in Derby today.

Watch: Man arrested after four people found dead in Derbyshire house

People look at flowers near to the scene in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, near Sheffield. (PA)

Police were seen scouring bins and a nearby park on Monday as they investigated the killings.

Terri, John and Lacey are only believed to have lived in Killamarsh for a few months, having moved from Sheffield.

Tributes were left at the scene this week as mourners paid their respects to the victims.

One man living nearby told the PA news agency: “I'm shocked. I think people will be devastated.”

Tory MP Mr Rowley described the incident as “terrible and hugely tragic”, adding: “Killamarsh is such a lovely, close knit and warm community and I know that many residents will be shocked and worried by the news.

Derbyshire Police said the four bodies were found after police responded to a call about concerns for the safety of a man at the address at 7.26am on Sunday.

Flowers near to the scene in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, near Sheffield, where the bodies were discovered. (PA)

Police invesitgate the scene at Chandos Crescent following the killings. (PA)

Police had previously said officers did not have any prior contact with those involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Sally Blaiklock, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of Terri, John Paul, Lacey and Connie – as well as the communities that have been affected by this most tragic of incidents.

“A large scene remains in place on Chandos Crescent and local residents will see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days, including patrols by officers in the local area.

“I would urge anyone who is concerned about the incident to speak to officers in the area or use the online reporting tool to pass information in confidence.”

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