The police hunt for a man suspected of stabbing to death his six-year-old sister, their mother and her partner, has entered its second day.
Armed police officers were last night scouring Didcot in Oxfordshire, England, and its surrounding areas, including Oxford University’s Parks, for Jed Allen (21) who has a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand.
The bodies of Philip Howard (44), Janet Jordon (48) and daughter Derin were discovered in a house in Vicarage Road, just after 8.20pm on Saturday, following a call from a member of the public.
Armed officers are involved in the search for the suspect, although there is no suggestion that he is carrying a weapon.
Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, described the incident as a “tragic and sad event”, offering his condolences to the family.
Mr Ward said: “In relation to the search for the suspect, we are still carrying out a number of searches. Some of those searches are with armed officers, there is a very small number of armed officers who are assisting with that search.
“That’s purely for the safety of the searching officers.”
He added there was “no suggestion whatsoever that that person has a weapon and certainly has a firearm”.
“So where members of the public see officers with shields, that’s purely in relation to the protection of officers carrying out the searches.”
Allen is described as a white male, 6ft tall, and of large build.
“It is very important that we locate him as quickly as we can,” Mr Ward said.
As news of the tragedy began to spread, people could be seen visiting the scene and leaving floral tributes. Sheila Welch, who lives on the same street, said that although she did not know the family, they always looked “happy”.
“All I can say is that I am very upset, it is all very traumatic.”