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Heartbroken grandma of Killamarsh children killed at sleepover makes moving statement as she visits tributes

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The heartbroken grandma of two of the “beautiful” children found dead in a house along with their mum and school friend has thanked all those paying tribute for their support.

Police found the bodies of John Paul Bennett, 13, Lacey Bennett, 11, their mother Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, 11, after being called to a house in Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh, near Sheffield, on Sunday.

Derbyshire Police remain at the scene in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, after a large police operation sealed off the house on Sunday.

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A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths on suspicion of murder.

Diane Bennett visited the scene on Tuesday morning, a day after her son Jason became distraught leaving flowers and reading tributes to his two children.

Ms Bennett said: “There are so many people bringing flowers, teddy bears.”

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Asked about the children, she said: “They were beautiful, well-mannered, did anything for anybody. But at the moment it’s my son I’m worried about.

“I know we’ve lost somebody but he’s lost even more. ”

Ms Bennett said: “They’ve got to stop this murdering of young kids. It’s not fair. They’re innocent little things.”

She said: “I just wish we could have done more. It’s horrible.”



Floral tributes at the scene in Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh, near Sheffield
Floral tributes at the scene in Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh, near Sheffield

Ms Bennett said John Paul wanted to be an engineer and Lacey “was just a girly-girl”.

She said: “I’ve got eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter and we’re all upset.”

Ms Bennett looked at the mass of flowers, balloons and teddy bears which have continued to grow at the police cordon, which remains at Chandos Crescent.

The police activity showed no let-up on Tuesday, with vehicles choking the quiet street and officers working in various locations, including using specialist equipment to dig out drains.

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A series of forensic tents remain in the front garden of the semi-detached property at the centre of the investigation.

Derbyshire Police said a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder and was being questioned by officers.

The force has now set up an online portal for people to submit information and any footage which could help with the investigation.

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.



Police have confirmed that brother and sister John Paul and Lacey Bennett, aged 13 and 11, died at the home in Killamarsh
Police have confirmed that brother and sister John Paul and Lacey Bennett, aged 13 and 11, died at the home in Killamarsh

“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.

“Myself and the team of the detectives are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in Chandos Crescent between 6pm on Saturday 18 September and 7am on Sunday 19 September, as well as anyone who may have video footage of the street.

“That can include dashcam, mobile phone footage, CCTV or video doorbells.”

The online portal can be accessed here.

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