Brixton: Murder arrest after woman ‘attacked from behind by stranger’

A woman died with stab wounds in Stockwell Park Walk on Monday May 1.
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A man has been arrested by detectives investigating the death of a woman in Brixton on Monday (May 1).

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police were called at just after 4pm on Monday to reports of a stabbing in Stockwell Park Walk. Officers, along with London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance, attended.

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A 31-year-old woman was found with stab wounds. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.42pm. The woman’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.

The Met says detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation and have carried out a number of enquiries, including a review of CCTV from the area. They have also spoken to several witnesses.

Detectives say it is believed the woman was walking along Stockwell Park Walk when she was approached from behind by a man who attacked her. The force said at this stage, there is no information to suggest the victim and the man were known to each other.

The 33-year-old man arrested is currently in police custody.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, local policing commander for Lambeth, said: “This is a shocking attack and my thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends as they come to terms with this awful news. We will do everything we can to support them at this incredibly difficult time.

“I recognise the considerable concern this incident has caused and I’d like to reassure you that a dedicated team of detectives are carrying out a number of enquiries and have made an arrest.

“Despite this, we have additional officers in the area to respond to any concerns from members of the community and I would ask people to report any suspicious activity to us.”

Formal identification is yet to take place and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 4728/01May. To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.