Page last updated at 16:46 GMT, Sunday, 3 May 2009 17:46 UK

Two dead in 'chemical incident'

The scene outside Costello Hotel
Police believe the women committed suicide

Two women have been found dead in a hotel in what fire officials described as a "chemical incident".

They were discovered in a room at the Costello Hotel in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, north London, at about 1200 BST, police said.

The bodies remain at the hotel, which has been evacuated. One of the women was in her 30s, the other in her 50s.

A police spokeswoman said: "Two woman are believed to have committed suicide by taking a noxious substance."

Breathing equipment

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: "We are treating this as a confirmed chemical incident.

"The hotel has been evacuated and a cordon implemented."

Fire crews said they did not know what substance was involved.

We've got no idea when we'll be able to pick up the car and go home
Perry Williamson

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to Costello Palace Hotel, Seven Sisters Road, N4, after two people were found deceased.

"The bodies remain at the scene."

A number of fire service staff dressed with specialist breathing equipment could be seen from outside the hotel.

A police spokeswoman said officers were working to make the area safe.

A resident at the hotel, Perry Williamson, 48, from Halstead in Essex, said: "We went for a walk after breakfast and we only realised that something was badly wrong when we came back to get the car at lunchtime.

"The place was all taped off and there were police and fire brigade everywhere.

"We've got no idea when we'll be able to pick up the car and go home."

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