Police have launched a murder investigation after two women were shot dead at a house in Sussex last night (Friday, 16).

Officers were called to Bexhill Road in St Leonards around 7.45pm to reports of a shooting.

Police said the two women who died were aged 32 and 53, while two other women from the house were led to safety and taken to hospital.

Both were uninjured, but suffering from shock, while one was pregnant.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder two hours after the incident, and remains in custody.

Police said the women were known to the suspect.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said:

“Tragically, two women aged 32 and 53 have died after being shot and our thoughts are with their family and friends.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident, but we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.”

A firearm has also been seized by officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online here, or call 101, quoting Operation Winlot.