Police were still at the scene of a suspected attempted murder in a village near Marlborough this afternoon.

A man is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two elderly people were found with multiple injuries at a house in Shalbourne, near Marlborough yesterday.

Police and paramedics were called to a disturbance at a house on Monday at about 7.30pm.

A woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s were found inside the address by paramedics with multiple injuries.

The woman was taken to Southampton Hospital with serious head injuries where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

The man was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and is in a serious but stable condition.

The suspect, who is in his 40s and from the Hampshire area, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder. He remains in Gablecross custody in Swindon for further questioning.

Det Insp Mark Kent said: “We can confirm that the man currently in custody is known to the two victims and this is being treated as a domestic incident.

“We understand this news will undoubtedly cause concern at a time when there are high levels of anxiety within our communities. Please be reassured that there is no wider risk to the public and we are conducting extensive enquiries today in relation to this incident.

“People living in the local area are likely to see a heightened police presence today as we progress with our enquiries.”