Five found dead at home in Perth, Australia

Police arrived at the north-eastern suburbs property about noon WA time (2pm AEST), where they found the bodies of up to five people - including women and children.

Assistant commissioner Paul Steele said the incident was "tragic" but that there were no ongoing safety concerns.

At the home, they discovered the deceased bodies of up to five people, including children.

It is not yet known whether the victims are related, while the man, in his 20s, remains in custody.

There was no information about the ages of those who have died, beyond the fact some children were involved.

"We're all in complete shock".

A number of police cars, homicide squad officers and forensic police are at the house.

"It is something you never would think would happen in this area", she said.

Investigators are now searching the home for evidence, and police could not provide any further details on the victims.

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Locals said children were often seen playing in the front yard of the home.

He said the timeline of events was still being investigated and at this stage it was unclear how long the deceased had been at the property.

"This is a tragic event and it will no doubt have an impact on not only the family and friends of the deceased, but on the whole of the community, those first responders who are faced with attending a scene with deceased people."

Police have blocked off traffic around the scene of the incident and have a heavy presence there, with forensic officers among those on site.

"It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur", he said.

"It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia".

"We are three hours into this investigation, I have no further detail in relation to those who are present at the location", he said.

Peter Miles, 61, his 58-year-old wife Cynda, their daughter Katrina, 35, and her four children - daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10 and Kadyn, eight - were found dead at a farm in Osmington, in Australia's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.

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