The bodies of the victims of a quadruple stabbing at a Southwark home this morning have been taken away.

Four body bags have been loaded into a private ambulance in Delaford Road where three women and a man were fatally stabbed in the early hours of this morning.

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They were brought to the silver van from behind the metal fence blocking off the crime scene, where forensic officers are continuing their investigations.

A neighbour who lives two doors down from the Bermondsey home said she saw ambulances take the victims away.

“I saw the bodies come out,” the elderly woman, who did not want to be named, said.

Like other local residents, she said she was woken in the night by police sirens and the sound of a helicopter.

The woman said she knew “him and her”, but did not provide further details.

The niece of one of the women who was stabbed to death in Bermondsey paid tribute to her aunt and said she “didn’t deserve this”.

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Venecia Reid, who was visibly upset, told reporters near the scene in Delaford Road: “She was very loving, very kind, very generous.

“She worked very hard in this country to support her two girls and her two grandkids.

“She does not deserve this.”

The four victims were three women aged in their mid 60s, 40s and 30s, and a man in his mid 60s, police have said.

A man in his late 20s was arrested on suspicion of murder at the address and remains in custody.

Metropolitan Police Commander Commander Colin Wingrove said: “I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of all those concerned.

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“This is a deeply shocking incident and we will do everything we can to provide support to everyone affected at this difficult time.”

He added: "In the early hours of this morning, following a call from neighbours, officers forced entry into a house here in Delaford Road.

“Inside the house, they made a dreadful discovery of four people who’d been stabbed.”

He also said: “Such terrible events are rare, but this will not diminish the shock that we felt across London and beyond.

“And I can assure you this investigation will be thorough to ensure justice for the victims and their families and the community”.

He declined to say if the perpetrator, who police believe acted alone, was a relative of the victims.

He urged people with information to contact the police.

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