Hyde Park murder investigation after woman found stabbed to death

Members of the forensic search team are seen outside a residence near Hyde Park, London following the discovery of a woman's body.Members of the forensic search team are seen outside a residence near Hyde Park, London following the discovery of a woman's body.
Members of the forensic search team are seen outside a residence near Hyde Park, London following the discovery of a woman's body. | Getty Images
"I understand this news will be concerning, and that local women especially may be worried,” say police, who are “keeping an open mind as to motive”.

A woman was found dead in her home next to Hyde Park after friends raised concerns about her welfare.

The Met Police was contacted on Sunday (April 7) and at around 8.30am officers attended her address in Stanhope Place, near Marble Arch and Edgware Road.

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Officers forced entry and found the woman dead, with “a number of stab injuries”.

No arrests have been made and police say they are working to trace and inform her next of kin.

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Clifton from the Met's Specialist Crime Command leads the investigation and said: "I understand this news will be concerning, and that local women especially may be worried.

“Our enquiries are in the very early stages and we are keeping an open mind as to the motive, however I can assure people that my team are working 24/7 to establish what happened to the woman, and to identify and arrest whoever may be responsible for this attack.

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"My officers now need support and information from the public. I want to ask local people to check doorbell cameras, and for drivers in the area to think about whether they've seen anything unusual that might have been captured on dash cam. Did you notice any unusual activity at the address? If you did then it is imperative that we hear from you."

Chief Superintendent Louise Puddefoot, lead for policing in Westminster, said: "Our thoughts are with the woman and her family. My officers will do everything we can to support the investigation and they will be stationed in the area to speak to anyone who has any information or concerns they want to share with us."

If you have information, police can be contacted on 101 or via X @MetCC ref CAD 6784/7 Apr.

To remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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