Neighbours have described the "devastating" scene after four people were stabbed to death in a Southwark home early this morning.

Police were called to a disturbance at a home in Delaford Road, Southwark at around 1.40am this morning (Monday).

Officers forced entry and three women and a man, found inside the home, were pronounced dead at the scene.

They were suffering what are believed to be stab injuries.

Several forensics officers have been seen entering the fenced-off section of Delaford Road.

A resident of the adjacent road, Bramcote Grove, who did not want to be named, said he was woken at around 2am by police sirens and a helicopter and was kept up until 6am by the commotion.

“When I saw four ambulances – not one, not two, but four – I knew it was serious,” he said.

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Bermondsey resident Anne Birkett, 60, whose back bedroom looks onto the property where four people were found with fatal stab wounds in the early hours of Monday, said she was woken by police sirens and a circling helicopter just before 2am.

She said the street was filled with flashing lights, but she and her husband did not go outside their house or see anything further.

Ms Birkett told the PA news agency: “It’s devastating, you hear all of this but you never assume it’s going to be right on your own doorstep.

“I’m a foster carer and I’ve got children in my care, and now I’ve got to protect them now because of what’s happened”.

She said there are several primary schools in the residential area near the scene on Delaford Road.

The middle section of Delaford Road is blocked off with metal fencing.

Several uniformed officers can be seen within the cordon on the residential street, where three white forensic tents have also been erected.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “I am heartbroken that three women and a man were killed last night in a devastating incident at an address in Southwark. My thoughts are with the family and friends who have lost loved ones in this awful crime.

“I am in contact with the leadership of the Metropolitan Police. An investigation is underway and one man has been arrested. I urge anyone who has information that could be relevant to contact the police immediately.”

Local MP Harriet Harman described the fatal stabbing of four people in Bermondsey as a “terrible tragedy”.

The MP for Camberwell and Peckham told reporters at the scene: “Tragically four people have been killed and that is shocking to happen anywhere but especially in this very peaceful, quiet, very settled community here.

“The police have arrested someone, but it’s really important still that people give information, any information they’ve got to the police so that whoever committed this horrific crime can be brought to justice”.

Asked about the victims, Ms Harman said: “I don’t really want to say anything more than the police are actually saying.

“The police will be giving information and are obviously conducting the investigation with all the forensics here as we speak.

“But it’s a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who’ve tragically had their lives cut short”.

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