Bedford home site of major police incident

Flowers left by a member of the public outside the property

FIVE people including children and women have been found dead at a home in Bedford.

Police could not confirm exactly how many people had died, but Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Steel said there were "up to" five bodies.

Police attended the home after a man presented to a regional station.

At the home, they discovered the deceased bodies of up to five people, including children.

A man turned himself into police today and is being questioned.

Western Australia Police Force said they had taken a man in his 20s into custody, adding there is no danger to the wider public as a result of the incident.

"We understand there are children and adults involved".

Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths and both Coode Street and adjoining Fort Street remained locked down last night as forensic officers examined the property.

He said forensic teams were on the scene and investigators were trying to piece together a timeline of events.

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Locals said children were often seen playing in the front yard of the home.

Mr Steel said it was still unclear how long the bodies had been at the house before they were discovered.

'This is a tragic event and will have an impact on family and friends, the community, and the emergency services who first responded to the tragic scene.

Mr Steele called the discovery "heartbreaking" and said the tragedy would send a ripple through the wider community. "I'm deeply saddened by what's happened".

He did not say how the people were killed or if any weapons were found.

"It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur".

The incident comes after a family murder-suicide in Margaret River earlier this year.

The age and gender of those found has not yet been revealed, although it is thought "there was at least one woman".

Peter Miles, 61, his 58-year-old wife Cynda, their daughter Katrina, 35, and her four children - daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn, eight - were found dead at their Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington on May 11.

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