Friday, 11.50am: The three members of the same family who died in a tragic incident in Melton on Thursday have been named locally as former police officer Tobias Day (37), his wife Samantha (38) and their daughter Genevieve (7).
The couple’s two other children Kim (15) and Adam (13) are being treated at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, for serious injuries.
It is understood all five had suffered stab wounds and, as reported on www.meltontimes.co.uk, police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
It is believed Mr Day, known as Toby, had recently lost his job at Leicestershire Police where he had most recently served as an inspector based at Beaumont Leys in Leicester.
Sam was a nursery worker with the Early Years Nursery based at Swallowdale Primary School.
Both teenage children are pupils at Vale of Catmose College in Oakham and both girls were members of Trevonne Dance School and had been appearing in Mother Goose at Melton Theatre this week.
Nigel Keep, who runs Nigel’s Coffee Shop in King Street, knew Toby and the family well.
He said: “Tobias was a great character and friend and we’d got to know each other quite well over the years and I feel absolutely devastated.
“I respected him as a police officer and when he was studying for his inspector’s exams a few years ago he would come here and sit in the basement to study in peace.
“He came in most Saturdays and was here this last Saturday with Sam and the three children and her parents. He would nip across the road to where Trevonne rehearse to change Genevieve’s dance shoes between tap and ballet lessons and do up the laces for her.
“When we spoke on Saturday and I knew he was very depressed. He had just left the police after 16 years’ service and although the family had some savings he was down. He was not the upbeat Toby I knew and asked me to keep an ear out for any possible employment opportunities.
“I thought I lot of him and his family and really feel for the whole family, particularly Kim and Adam of course, but also Sam’s parents and Toby’s brother.”
Mr Day was a decorated police officer who won awards for his bravery and ran the London Marathon for a colleague who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend. He had served at Melton Police Station and was a co-ordinator for the international Rutland-Melton Cicle Classic race.