A WARD councillor has praised the community for the way they have come together in the wake of the murder of Aneta and Nikoleta Zdun.

Salisbury City Councillor, Atiqul Hoque, who represents the St Edmund and Milford ward, said locals are still "in shock" following the events of Monday afternoon when two women were killed on Wessex Road.

Nevertheless, the way people have reacted to the news and pulled together is "applaudable".

Cllr Hoque said: "It's fair to say it came as a shock to everyone.

"This is a rather peaceful area, no doubt, but the way the community got together is applaudable.

"They are in shock and they are worried about the two children and they're trying to figure out how best they can help."

Judging from comments on social media, Cllr Hoque says it would seem as though "a lot of people" knew Aneta, 40, who worked as a healthcare assistant, and her 18-year-old daughter.

"They talk about the lady being kind, they had that friendly connection which is why it's such a shock," he added.

And since learning of their death, the councillor says people in the area have contacted him to offer their help.

He added: "The community did their best at the time of need.

"I think what is the cause is what a lot of people want to know but that is up to the police to find out.

"This is a truly sad moment and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends."

Speaking about the incident, which he described as "unbelievably sad", leader of Salisbury City Council, Councillor Jeremy Nettle said: "There is still a lot of information that we're hoping to hear more about but I think this takes us all back, there's a huge amount of empathy and our feelings go out to the family."

Salisbury MP John Glen also said he was "shocked" and "saddened" to hear of what happened, adding: "My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of those involved".

Cllr Hoque is encouraging those affected by the incident to get in touch if they need help.