Tributes have been paid to a woman and toddler who were found dead at their home in Chorley.

The bodies of Angel Hudson, 26, who was known locally as Katie and her son Arthur Hudson-Cardy, 22 months, were discovered by officers at a house in Princess Way, Euxton, on the evening of Wednesday, August 13.

Lancashire police said they had launched a murder enquiry but were not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

Chris Howe, Angel Hudson’s father, said “Angel and Arthur will be sadly missed.

“Their short lives brought much laughter and joy to those who knew them.

“A truly special bond held mother and son together tightly and their pure love radiated from their beautiful smiles.

“Angel was a devoted, loving mother and Arthur, a bright intelligent little boy.They radiated happiness to all those they met.

“Their light continues to shine in our hearts and we hold them tightly as we wait to be together once more.”

Police said they were alerted 6.55pm on Wednesday after concerns were made about the welfare of Miss Hudson.

Miss Hudson, who originally lived in Teignmouth, Devon, was reported missing from her home in November 2013 and was believed to have moved to Spain.

She moved to Euxton with her young son in early 2014.

Floral tributes and a teddy bear were left outside the semi-detatched property by mourners in the hours after the tragedy.

Detective Superintendent Eddie Thistlethwaite, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic case; it is being treated as a murder inquiry, although we are not looking for anybody else in connection with this incident.

“We are still in the early stages of this investigation, but we are conducting a number of enquiries in order to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the deaths.” Post-mortem examinations to establish the causes of death have been arranged.