Murder: Two bodies found

Police outside a property on Sandygate at Wath where two bodies were discovered
Police outside a property on Sandygate at Wath where two bodies were discovered
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Shocked neighbours choked back tears and spoke of their devastation after the bodies of two women were discovered in a home on a South Yorkshire street.

A man was being held on suspicion of double murder by police following the discovery at a bungalow in Sandygate, Wath-upon-Dearne.

Residents living near the crime scene described the family who lived at the property as ‘lovely’.

Yesterday, the house where the women’s bodies were found was still taped off and under police guard.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said yesterday: “Detectives have started a homicide investigation after the bodies of two women were discovered at an address in Wath-upon-Dearne.

“A cordoned off area on Sandygate remains closed this afternoon while enquiries continue at the scene.

“A local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is assisting police with enquiries.”

Officers have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries to find out whether neighbours had seen or heard anything.

The property is believed to have been occupied by Sarah Redfern, aged in her 30s, and her parents Jean and 70-year-old Peter.

Neighbours struggling to come to terms with the deaths described them as a ‘tragedy’.

Mairi Beighton, who lives just a few doors away said: “I am shocked, all murders are tragic, but this especially.

“I had been out on Monday and came home to find the police outside – and when you see forensics people going in and out you know it’s serious.”

She said she knew Sarah from her job at Bon Marche in Rotherham town centre, and they would often chat on the street and on the bus as Sarah made her way to work.

North Peters, aged 16, a student whose girlfriend lives nearby, said: “It is unbelievable that something like this would happen here.

“Last year, a man got shot in Wath-upon-Dearne but it’s normally quiet.

“My girlfriend told me there were police everywhere, but we had no idea it was this serious.”

An elderly neighbour, who declined to be named, said: “Police came and told me there had been an incident and I knew it was major because of the number of police there.

“A husband, wife and daughter live in the bunglaow, they kept themselves to themselves so I am shocked at this.”

Helen Hughes, aged 75, of Sandygate, said: “I knew there was something really wrong when the forensics people turned up.

“I know the people from the bungalow they taped off – Sarah who is a lovely young woman, and her mum and dad.

“They are a lovely family, very private, but they always say hello.

“This will shock and sadden people.”

David Bradbury, aged 49, said: “Early Monday evening the police started to arrive and cordoned the bungalow off. There has been a police presence ever since.

“This is a nice area, so I am absolutely shocked to hear of something like this.”

n Anyone with information about the murders is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.