Update: 30 October 2014 00:18

Detectives investigating the deaths of a family in Clayton, Bradford have now completed post mortem examinations of the four family members who died at an address on Blackberry Way.

A post mortem examination performed on Jitendra Lad (49) has confirmed that he died from compression of the neck caused by hanging. The examination suggested Mr Lad died on Monday .

Post mortem examinations carried out on the rest of the family have revealed that Daksha (44) Trisha (19) and Nisha (16) all died in their beds as a result of stab wounds. These injuries are thought to have been sustained at an earlier point during the weekend.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime), said: “I have spoken to the family members this evening and updated them on the results of the post mortem examinations.

“They are continuing to come to terms with what took place at Blackberry Way, which has robbed a family of two generations, and specially trained officers are supporting them at this very difficult time.

“Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances leading to the incident and we will not be drawn on speculation while our investigation is ongoing.

“I would reiterate that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and neighbourhood officers have increased patrols in the area to offer reassurance to local people.”

 Murder investigation launched following the death of family of four found in Clayton, Bradford 
Published: 28 October 2014
West Yorkshire Police has today launched a murder investigation following the discovery of four bodies at a detached property on Blackberry Way in the Clayton area of Bradford.

Police were called to the house last night at 8.31pm following concerns from a neighbour, who had not seen the family for some time.

In the property, police found the bodies of two adults – a 49-year-old male Jitendra Lad and his wife Daksha Lad (44).

From left to right: Trisha Lad, Jitendra Lad, Daksha Lad, Nisha Lad
From left to right: Trisha Lad, Jitendra Lad, Daksha Lad, Nisha Lad

The bodies of two female teenagers were also found; Trisha Lad (19) and Nisha Lad (16) who are the daughters of the couple.

Early indications suggest the bodies may have been in the property for some time. Post mortems will now be carried out to establish the cause of the deaths.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime), said: “This is clearly a significant incident and our investigation will be thorough as we piece together the events that have led to the deaths of a local family.”

Damien Miller, Superintendent Operations of Bradford District, who leads neighbourhood policing across the Bradford District, said: “Clayton is a close knit community and I understand that local people will be understandably upset by what has taken place and I would like to reassure people there is no wider danger to members of the public. Additional neighbourhood officers are in the area speaking to people and offering reassurance.”

A neighbour of the family, who wishes to remain anonymous, said “They were a nice family, quietest on the street. They kept busy working and at home and not many people visited them. The girls were very bright and had a good future. The father was very reserved and I never saw the girls alone, they were always with their dad. They always went out early and came home at 5 like a normal working class family would.


The last I saw of them was when they were at home celebrating Diwali, they all looked happy. The father was the one who never really spoke but the mother and daughters always said ‘hi’ and were very pleasant.”