Police were last night holding a mentally ill ex-serviceman after four members of his family were shot dead with a silenced pistol at their home.
An elderly married couple and two of their sons were found murdered yesterday morning after 40-year-old David Bradley walked into a Newcastle police station and told officers about the bodies.
Bradley was carrying a bag containing a handgun fitted with a silencer, a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, Northumbria Police said.
He also told officers the bag contained a home-made nail bomb, forcing the station to be evacuated while bomb disposal experts from Catterick in North Yorkshire carried out a controlled explosion.
Shocked families in Ben-well Grove, Newcastle, where the killings took place, named the dead couple as retired builder Peter Purcell and his wife Josephine, both in their 70s.
The couple had six children but neighbours said only two sons, Glen, aged 42, and Keith, aged 44, lived with them at the end-terrace property.
The other children were named as Michael, 47, Peter, 49, Jacqueline, 46 and Lorraine, who died of cancer almost two years ago aged 41.
Northumbria Police said the victims were all from the same family but have not confirmed any of their names.
Officers found the bodies in the living room and kitchen of the house.
All four were fully clothed and had suffered gunshot wounds fired at close range, but there were no reports of any gunshots having been heard.
Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Kevin Mathieson told a press conference the man had walked into Westgate Road Police Station just before 6.15am carrying a sports bag.
He went on: "(He) claimed that a number of people were dead at a house in nearby Benwell Grove.
"The bag brought into the police station contained what appeared to be a handgun with a silencer, a pump-action shotgun and a quantity of ammunition.
"The man also alleged that the bag contained an improvised explosives device.
"The man was arrested and the police station was evacuated. Bomb disposal attended and carried out a controlled explosion at the police station.
"A firearms team attended the property where they found the bodies of four white adults, three men and a woman, in two downstairs rooms of the house."
He stressed that police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders and that it was not a terrorist-related incident. ..SUPL: