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Forensic officers examine scene after two found dead at Gillingham house

Police investigating the "unexplained" deaths of a woman and child at a flat in Gillingham have revealed they could be mother and daughter. 

Forensic teams were called to a property in Trafalgar Court on Monday evening, along with two ambulances. 

Next of kin have now been informed and are helping with the formal identification.

Two bodies were found at the block of flats in Gillingham
Two bodies were found at the block of flats in Gillingham

A post-mortem examination was carried out on the woman's body today, but further tests are needed.

Police are still treating her death as unexplained, but say the circumstances are not suspicious.

Tests on the child's body are scheduled for Friday. 

Police were today still at the scene while investigations continue to establish the cause of death. 

Neighbour Tony Hooper said the road was completely blocked by emergency services on Monday night.

Forensics officers were in the street from just after 5.30pm, he said.

Police have been at the scene since early last night
Police have been at the scene since early last night

He said they had been "banging about" all night, and were still there this morning.

Police have been carrying out door to door inquiries, and had spoken to Mr Hooper.

Regarding the tragic neighbours, he said: "I don't know how long they've been here.

"I was the first one that moved down here, five years ago, and we've had people in and out since then. 

"There's been no trouble before. We've had the odd row or argument. 

"I'm just glad I've got this flat, away from the others. It's something you don't expect. You don't expect anything like that, especially that bad." 

Trafalgar Street, Gillingham, where the bodies were found
Trafalgar Street, Gillingham, where the bodies were found

Other residents were less sure what had happened, but had heard rumours of deaths at the flats.

"If that's the case it's pretty horrible," said one. "I saw six police cars and an ambulance, but we don't know what happened."

Another resident, Mendy Rinkevicius, said: "We came back from the shops at about 6pm or 7pm and found everything here. There were five police cars and a van, and an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle).

"We just came back and all the people were evacuated. We had to wait outside for an hour."

Police at the scene
Police at the scene

Emergency services were parked near the flats for several hours, and a police spokesman said officers were making inquiries in the area. 

Witnesses reported seeing five police vehicles and ambulances at the scene.

An ambulance spokesman confirmed one ambulance and three paramedic cars were called to the flat in Trafalgar Court at 5.40pm.

Anyone who has any concerns, or information regarding the incident is asked to contact Kent Police, quoting 14-0845. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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