Tiffany Stevens, 27, was found dead at her home in the Little Lever area of Bolton
A 27-year-old mother and her two young daughters have been found dead at home after her brother and ex-boyfriend were allegedly heard shouting outside.
The bodies of Tiffany Stevens and her children, Caisie, three, and Darcie, one – who have all been named locally today – were discovered in the Little Lever area of Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Neighbours told how they heard screaming and shouting coming from the £80,000 terraced house at 3.30pm yesterday, before police were called to the property around 20 minutes later.
Friends paid tribute to the family of three on Facebook this morning, praising the late Miss Stevens as a ‘lovely woman’ with two ‘beautiful daughters’.
What is thought to have been a gas engineer was seen this morning at the mid-terrace house the family lived in.
A single police car was parked outside and the alleyway at the back of the house was cordoned off at both ends.
Neighbour Annmarie Crossland, 36, said she was first alerted something was wrong when Ms Stevens’s brother and ex-boyfriend were heard ‘screaming and shouting’ in the alleyway at the back of the house before another neighbour rang 999.
Miss Stevens’s daughters Caisie, three, and Darcie, were also found dead at the property today
Miss Stevens has been praised by friends as a ‘lovely woman’ with two ‘beautiful daughters’
She said: ‘We’ve no idea how it happened. The police just told us there had been an incident. I heard shouting and screaming in the back alley like they were in shock.
‘Everybody was out the back then paramedics and all the police turned up. Some people have been saying it’s carbon monoxide. They were great kids, really nice.
‘My youngest used to go out and play with them. She used to take them to the park. Tiffany was a brilliant mum, very nice to talk to and friendly.’
Neighbours did not know if the house the family lived at was rented or not, but said the family moved in about two years ago. Tributes were left on the window ledge.
Police were called to the property yesterday. Miss Stevens is pictured with her two children
A woman leaves tributes at the scene in Little Lever today, one day after the three deaths
One woman arrived at the home today with a bouquet of flowers, a card and a soft toy rabbit
One woman arrived at the home with a bouquet of flowers, a card and a soft toy rabbit. She was crying on arrival and had to be consoled by another woman.
Her card read: ‘To Tiff. I’m sorry this world wasn’t good enough for you. Missing you already and I’m truly heartbroken. You and the girls are at peace. Love Sammy Leigh.’
Ms Leigh said: ‘Tiffany was a very bright bubbly girl, she was very unique in her only little ways and has such a loving character.
‘She would do anything to help anyone, when ever we was out and about shopping she would take the time to sit at the side of homeless people to get to know them.
The card from friend Sammy Leigh read: ‘I’m sorry this world wasn’t good enough for you’
Friends paid tribute to the family on Facebook today, praising Miss Stevens as a ‘lovely woman’
‘Honestly, she really was one of a kind. I just can’t believe she’s gone.’
Close friend Jade McCarthy added: ‘It was such a shock to so many people, everyone’s hearts ache this morning.’
Another neighbour, Marilyn Grundy, 69, said: ‘About 3.40pm I heard this man shouting. We often hear that going on.
‘My son said there’s a man running up and down the back street shouting. He was saying something about he can’t breath. What have you done to me? I can’t breath.
‘I thought he might have been stabbed or something. ‘We came out to have a look and the next thing rapid response are round the corner.
A police cordon in place around the rear of a property in Little Lever area of Bolton today
‘It sounds like he found them. I’d never seen him before. It could have been a boyfriend, friend or relative. I don’t know. It’s so very sad.
‘I would see her crossing the road with her two children. She often looked like a person with the weight of the world on her shoulders.’
A friend of the family, Margaret Knox, 62, who has known Miss Stevens since she was a baby said the family is devastated to hear about the death.
Ms Knox said: “I have treated Tiffany like my own daughter throughout her life and for this to happen has shaken us.
Police at the house in Little Lever, Bolton, today where they are investigating three deaths
“We loved them very much and we’re all hurt, I have not slept since I found out what had happened. We had Christmas with Tiffany and the girls.
‘There’s no way we could’ve seen this coming. No one knows what has happened but we are waiting to hear more from the police.”
She added: “Her mother is my best friend and she’s coming from Manchester so hopefully we will know more by the time she arrives.”
On Facebook, her friend Naomi Conway wrote: ‘Can’t believe what I’m hearing, Tiffany.
‘We was only talking the other day babes and now you and your beautiful girls are sleeping with the angel.
A police car parked outside the house today as investigations continue into the triple death
‘How can life be so cruel? You was such a lovely woman friend and mum. Such a shame. Seen the video with you and baby girls other day. You looked so happy.
‘I wish we could turn back time. You just needed a bit of extra help. You was doing so well. So sad, I will never forget you, Tiff. Rest in peace, beautiful.’
Chantal Norris added: ‘No, I can’t believe it. Rest in peace to you and them babies. What beautiful babies they was. I’m in shock.’
And Emma Tidy said: ‘RIP, Tiff. Can’t believe it. Always the best go first. Life’s so cruel. You and your babies are at peace now. Sleep tight, baby girl. Never forgotten.’
Neighbours did not know if the house the family lived at in Little Lever was rented or not
Police cars outside the house overnight in the Little Lever area of Bolton, Greater Manchester
Councillor Sean Hornby, who represents the area for Bolton Council, said: ‘This is devastating news. I have spoken to residents in the area they are obviously shocked and very upset.
‘I am saddened by the news, my thoughts are with close relatives of the family. We will await the findings of the police.
‘There is speculation as to what has happened, but the police investigation will confirm what has happened with regard to this tragedy. I will be speaking to senior officers for an update in the morning.’
Superintendent Rick Jackson, of Greater Manchester Police’s Bolton borough, said: ‘This is an incredibly tragic incident and we have specialist officers supporting the family at this unimaginably difficult time.
The three bodies were discovered at the home in Bolton shortly before 3.50pm yesterday
Police were called to the property in Little Lever to reports of concern for a woman’s welfare
‘Our officers will be continuing with inquiries at the scene over the coming days and detectives will be investigating the full circumstances surrounding what happened.
‘We are keeping an open mind as to what happened to the woman and her children and the investigation is likely to take some time.
‘However based on what we know so far we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.
‘I would urge anyone who knows anything to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency, as your information could be vital to this investigation.’