Plumstead murder: Woman heard screaming before body found in flat on Valentine’s Day

The woman, who is thought to be in her early thirties, was found dead in her flat in Plumstead, Greenwich, just before 8.30pm on Monday night.

A woman was heard screaming on the night that a body was found by police in a flat on Valentine’s Day, neighbours have said.

The victim, a woman thought to be in her early thirties, was found dead in her flat in Plumstead, Greenwich, just before 8.30pm on Monday night.

Cops were said to have broken down the door to get inside the home in a three-storey block on the edge of a large complex on Congleton Grove.

Police have launched a murder probe after the victim was found suffering from multiple injuries. So far no arrests have been made, Scotland Yard said.

The woman has not been officially named, and officers are working to track down her relatives and tell her next of kin about the death.

The Willows block in Plumstead, where a woman was found dead in her home on Valentine’s Day. Credit: SWNS

Andrew, 59, who lives in the block but did not want to be identified, said: “I knew her. She had a string of different boyfriends.

“When she had had a few drinks she could be quite loud. She has lived here for around seven or eight years.

“I never saw her in work uniform. I never saw her in the morning either, I don’t think she worked or had children.

“On the night she died someone heard her screaming and the police went in.

“They broke down the door and found her with wounds.”

Joy Oga, 34, said she sometimes heard the woman arguing or banging on neighbours’ doors.

She added: “Sometimes in the middle of the night I would hear her screaming with different men.

“Sometimes I saw her throwing things when they were arguing and she would try and throw stuff.

“She would shout and argue outside the flat. She would bang on people’s doors and ask for a lighter.”

Ms Oga also paid tribute to the woman, adding: “She was beautiful but her beauty was hidden by all the problems she had.

“It is heart-breaking to hear about something like this happening here.

“Last night I could not sleep, all I was doing was thinking about it. Living here is not safe.”

Two police cars were parked outside the block yesterday as forensic officers swooped the corridor outside her flat for clues.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place to ascertain how she died, the Met Police said.

Anyone with information can call police on 02087 214027 or on 101, tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6610/14Feb or call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.