Two children have been found dead in Stoke-on-Trent as a woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Hannan said: “Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the children. I cannot image the pain and shock they are feeling.
“We also understand the concern felt locally around this incident and the speculation around what has happened.
“We can now confirm that the two people who lost their lives are an 11-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl.
“Our priority was to inform the family before confirming the ages of the children. They are currently being supported by specially trained officers.
“The woman arrested is known to the children. We don’t believe there to be any wider threat to the public at this time.
“Our focus remains on finding out more about what happened yesterday and supporting the family at this deeply distressing and tragic time.”
Police are continuing to appeal for information about the incident, which happened on Sunday.
Officers were first called to a car wash on Campbell Road just after 2pm following reports of an assault involving a man and a woman.
A man in his 40s was taken to hospital by paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service.
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Officers then went to a home on Flax Street and found two people unresponsive and injured inside.
Despite receiving treatment from paramedics, both people, who have not been named, died at the scene.