A murder investigation is under way today after police found the bodies of a woman and three children at a house.
The victims are believed to be of Asian origin and members of the same family.
Police officers made the grim discovery after being called to a property on Turves Road in Cheadle Hulme, near Manchester, shortly after 5pm yesterday.
Police have not yet released a cause of death for the victims and are awaiting the results of post-mortems.
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "A murder investigation has been launched after four bodies were discovered in Cheadle Hulme.
"Police were called to the address and officers attended and forced entry.
"They discovered four bodies, believed to be a woman and three children.
"It is believed the bodies may have been there for some time."