Page last updated at 11:52 GMT, Tuesday, 16 September 2008 12:52 UK

Two women discovered dead in flat

Placido Apartments, Ryland Street, Birmingham
Police have cordoned off Placido Apartments

A man has been arrested after the bodies of two women in their early 20s were found in a flat in Birmingham.

Ryland Street in the city centre has been sealed off following Monday afternoon's discovery.

Police have not said how the women were killed, but said they were subjected to a "sustained and violent attack".

The 28-year-old man, from Birmingham, was arrested by Kent Police on Tuesday morning as he tried to board a ferry in Dover.

Police said the man may have been known to the women, who had lived together in the flat.

However, they said he was not related to them.

Supt Matt Ward and Det Ch Supt Dave Mirfield from West Midlands Police

Det Ch Supt Dave Mirfield said he believed "at least" one weapon had been used in the attack and they have now launched a murder inquiry.

He added that officers were in contact with the women's next of kin.

Police said the women were discovered by the building's concierge following concerns from their family members.

Forensic officers are at the scene and post-mortem examinations are expected to be held later.

The Placido apartment block, where the bodies were found, has been cordoned off.

The apartments are part of the recently-built Jupiter development near Broad Street, the city's entertainment centre.

Mr Mirfield said the bodies had not yet been moved and that the scene was "challenging, forensically".

He added there was a "substantial amount of blood" inside many of the rooms and he believed the women had been killed "some time over the weekend".

'Horrendous crime'

Supt Matt Ward said they believed it had been an "isolated incident".

"Although this is a tragic and horrendous crime, at this stage we believe it to be an isolated incident," he said.

"Other members of the Ladywood community can go about their normal business in safety."

The Reverend Simon Ramsay, of the Unitarian New Meeting church in Ryland Street, said there was a mixture of foreign students and business people living in the complex.

He added that there was a "great disparity" between the Jupiter Apartments and the nearby inner-city deprived areas.

He said: "We've housing association houses, council houses and people who are living a completely different life-style to these people living over this side in luxury apartments."


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