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Man charged with murders of mother, two children and friend on sleepover in Derbyshire

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A man has been charged with the murders of a mother, her two children and a friend, who were killed during a sleepover at a home in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.

Police said Damien Bendall, 31, had been charged with the murders of Terri Harris, 35, her children John Paul Bennett, 13, and Lacey Bennett, 11, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, 11.

The four bodies were discovered at a property in Killamarsh, near Sheffield, on Sunday morning.

Flowers, soft toys and candles are seen at a vigil near to the scene in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh
Image: Flowers, soft toys and candles are left at a vigil near to the scene in Killamarsh

Derbyshire Police said Bendall had been charged with their murders and remains in custody.

Police had previously said officers did not have any prior contact with those involved.

Bendall will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court later.

The deaths sparked an outpouring of grief and tributes from the local community.

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Around 300 people attended a vigil in a park on Monday evening following the deaths.

Jason Bennett and his children John and Lacey. John and Lacey were among four people found dead at a house on Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh
Image: Jason Bennett and his children John Paul and Lacey

It is believed Connie was Lacey’s friend and was visiting for a sleepover.

Jason Bennett, father of John Paul and Lacey, previously told Sky News: “I’m broken, I just want to kiss my babies.

“I just want to kiss them and hold them. TikTok queen and my beautiful boy, they were beautiful. Kindest people you could ever meet.”