Indian-origin nurse, 2 children killed in UK’s Northampton region: Tribune India | Daily News Byte

Indian-origin nurse, 2 children killed in UK’s Northampton region: Tribune India

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London, 16 December

An Indian-origin nurse from Kerala and her two young children have died after being found with serious injuries at their home in the Northampton region of eastern England, local police said Friday, opening a homicide investigation.

Northamptonshire Police said they have yet to be formally identified, but the woman is believed to be 35-year-old Anju Ashok and the two children have been named as Jeeva Saju, 6, and Janvi Saju, 4.

He was found with serious injuries at his home in Kettering on Thursday after police were alerted by friends and family.

A 52-year-old man, who has not been identified by police, has since been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident and remains in police custody for questioning.

“We continue to work around the clock to progress this investigation and establish the timeline of events that led to these tragic deaths,” said Detective Inspector Simon Barnes, Northamptonshire Police’s senior investigating officer.

“As we continue to process the scene of these murders, local residents will see an increased police presence and I am grateful for the support of the local community. We are committed to getting justice for Anju, Jeeva and Janvi, and although we are not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths, I would encourage anyone with any information to contact us,” he said.

Police officers were called to the residential property on Thursday morning and said despite their best efforts and the efforts of paramedics, the woman died at the scene and the two children later died in hospital.

Locally, tributes were paid to a nurse and her children who worked at Kettering General Hospital.

Her husband worked in a hotel and the family is believed to have been in the UK for about a year or more.

Asok was a Malayali nurse from Kerala’s Kottayam district who worked for the National Health Service (NHS) at Kettering General Hospital, who paid tribute to her staff member.

Deborah Needham, chief executive of the hospital, said, “Anju Asok was an internationally trained nurse who joined our KGH family in 2021 and worked primarily in Barnwell B – one of our orthopedic wards.

“She was a committed and compassionate staff nurse, loved and respected by her dear friends and colleagues. All our thoughts are with his friends and family as they come to terms with this sudden loss,” she said.

Sarah Powell, headteacher at Kettering Park Infant Academy, said the school was “devastated” by news of the death.

Powell said, “They were fun and caring kids who had many friends at our school. They will be sadly missed by all of us.”

“All of us in Kettering are shocked by the news of the tragic deaths of three members of our community,” said Kettering Mayor Councilor Kelly Watts.

“We send our love and support to the friends and family of all the victims and also to the neighbors at Petherton Court. We are ready to support all those affected,” she said.

Councilor Jason Smithers, leader of the local North Northants Council: “This is a tragic case and my thoughts are with the victims’ loved ones at this time”.

Earlier, Northamptonshire Police said officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the “extremely sad” case.

Superintendent Steve Freeman said, “There are no words to describe how upsetting this incident is, but I want to reassure the public that we have a team of detectives working on this case to get justice for this woman and two children. Absolutely determined,” , Local Policing Area Commander for Northamptonshire Police. “We understand that the local community and indeed many people across the country will be shocked by this incident. It is a very sad incident and I want to be absolutely clear on our unwavering commitment to establish what happened here and to get justice for this woman and these young children,” he said.

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