Shakira Spencer: Three arrested on suspicion of murder after death of Ealing woman

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“I need to know why people would want to harm Shakira.”

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 35-year-old woman in Ealing.

Police were called at 4.38pm on Sunday, September 25, to concerns of a woman’s welfare in Holbeck Road, Hanwell, in Ealing.

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Officers forced entry to the premises and found the body of Shakira Spencer, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man, 25, and two women, aged 37 and 43, who were arrested on Monday remain in custody.

Police forced entry to Shakira Spencer's address where she was found deadPolice forced entry to Shakira Spencer's address where she was found dead
Police forced entry to Shakira Spencer's address where she was found dead | Credit: Shakira Spencer

A man, 40, and woman, 78, have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, the Met Police said.

They have been bailed pending further inquiries.

The next of kin of Ms Spencer, who lived at the address and is yet to be formally identified, have been informed.

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A special post-mortem examination took place at Uxbridge Mortuary on Wednesday, September 28.

A murder investigation has been launched by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

DCI Brian Howie, who is leading the investigation, said: “While we await the outcome of a post-mortem examination to confirm how Shakira died, all the information available points to the fact she has come to harm.

“I need to know why people would want to harm Shakira.

“I am appealing for any information about Shakira specifically in the period between Friday, September 9, and Friday, September 16.

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“Did you see her out and about? Did you have contact with her in any way?

“If so, did she speak about any concerns she had? I would urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, to get in touch with my team.

“I also want to hear from anyone who knew Shakira in any capacity.

“We need to build a comprehensive picture of Shakira’s life so we can begin to understand who might have wanted to harm her.

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“This is a fast-moving investigation and arrests have been made but it is vital we gather as much relevant evidence as possible.”

Det Supt Sharon Brookes, from west London police, said: “I understand the alarm and concern this news will cause the local community where Shakira lived, and throughout the wider borough.

“A team of experienced detectives are now working diligently to ensure those responsible for this crime are identified and held to account.

“Local residents will see increased police activity around Holbeck Road – please don’t be alarmed as this forms part of our response to such a serious incident.

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“Officers from Ealing will also be in the area to provide reassurance and answer any questions residents may have.

“I would ask anyone with concerns to speak to them or contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

“If you have information that could assist the investigation then please get in contact with police immediately.”

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote ref 59/26SEP. You can also provide footage and images here.

If you have information, but don’t want to talk directly to police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers.org