Floral tributes have been laid in a Suffolk village after a mother and daughter were found dead in a home last week.

Messages to the victims, who have been named locally as 44-year-old Jillu Nash and 12-year-old Louise Nash, have been left in Heath Estate, Great Waldingfield, after their deaths last Thursday.

A 46-year-old man, who was found seriously injured by police, is under arrest in hospital in connection with the incident.

One tribute left by the side of the road reads: "Rest in peace Jillu and Louise.

Sudbury Mercury: Flowers and cards have been left near the scene of the suspected double murderFlowers and cards have been left near the scene of the suspected double murder (Image: Archant)

"Will miss your beautiful smile and jolly self.

"Two lovely ladies taken too soon."

Emergency services were first called to reports of concern for safety at a property in the village at about 9.55am on Thursday.

When officers gained entrance to the property, they found the mother and daughter.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene, a Suffolk police spokesman said.

A police cordon was still in place at the bungalow on Monday morning, with several police cars in the area.

A Home Office post-mortem examination which took place on Friday concluded the 44-year-old woman's cause of death was pressure on the neck.

Sudbury Mercury: Heath Estate was closed for several hours while emergency services attended the incident on ThursdayHeath Estate was closed for several hours while emergency services attended the incident on Thursday (Image: CHARLOTTE BOND)

It is understood that all three individuals were known to each other and a spokesman for Suffolk police said there is no wider threat to the community.

A Home Office post-mortem examination in respect of the 12-year-old is expected to take place at some point this week.

A gas leak was reported at the property, forcing neighbours to be evacuated.

Community leaders expressed their condolences and shock felt by those living in the village after the incident.

Margaret Maybury, Babergh district councillor for Lavenham ward, which includes Great Waldingfield, said: "People are very shocked – especially the neighbours who were forced to be removed from their properties. I want to say thanks to the bowls club after they opened their doors to people affected.

"I just hope that if anyone in the village is in need, they can approach someone. I am on the end of the phone.

"You don't expect things to happen in such a small, rural area – it's a tragedy."

The scene was made safe and residents were able to return to their homes on Friday afternoon.

Sudbury Mercury: Tributes left by Heath Estate in Great WaldingfieldTributes left by Heath Estate in Great Waldingfield (Image: Archant)

Due to the fact that there had been previous contact between the victim and Suffolk police, the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct for assessment, in line with agreed protocols.

Anyone with information related to the incident is urged to contact Suffolk police, quoting reference number 57943/22.