South Ealing stabbing: Police release CCTV footage of murder witnesses detectives are urgently tracing

Police are hoping to identify three men travelling on South Ealing Road at around 0.10am on Tuesday morning. The force said these men were only being traced as potential witnesses to the nearby attack.

Detectives investigating the murder of a 21-year-old woman in South Ealing have released CCTV footage showing three men who they believe may be significant witnesses.

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Ania Jedrkowiak was knifed as she walked in south Ealing shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning. Credit: Met Police

Officers are now hoping to identify the three men who were seen on CCTV at the corner of South Ealing Road and Ranelagh Road around the time of the incident.

One of the men was walking on his own, while the other two were travelling on e-scooters.

Police are urgently tracing the men to find out if they saw or heard anything that could help with their investigation.

Two of the witnesses police are tracing in relation to the South Ealing stabbing. Credit: Met Police

The men are asked to call the incident room on 0208 721 4215 if they see this appeal.

Police said: “They can be reassured that they are of interest only as witnesses to this serious offence.”

Officers have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murder, which they said is a “very significant” development.

Detectives say the victim and new suspect were known to each other.

The man walking along South Ealing Road who police are tracing as a witness. Credit: Met Police

Det Ch Insp Brian Howie, who is leading the investigation, said: “We have now made a second arrest, which we believe is a very significant one in this investigation.

“The victim and suspect were known to each other.

“We are examining CCTV and speaking to any witnesses who have come forward.

“However, we are always keen to hear from anyone else who has not yet spoken to us but who thinks they may have seen or heard anything, no matter how small, that could help.”

Det Ch Insp Howie is urging people living or travelling along South Ealing Road, between 11.15pm on Monday, May 16, and 1am on Tuesday, May 17, to check CCTV, doorbell camera or dash cam footage for anything “out of the ordinary.”

The shocking attack has left residents of the quiet Ealing cul-de-sac shaken.

Neighbour Yvonne Armstrong claimed that there had been previous police incidents in the park area by the alleyway.

The 81-year-old said: “It’s so sad this has happened to such a young girl.

“Incidents like this have occurred in the past, a girl who got off the train was followed through the park before.

“The area used to not be lit but we asked for lights to be put in and they were.”

A 21-year-old woman - who lives in the house closest to where the attack reportedly took place - said the incident had left her “shaken up”.

“The girl was the same age as me and it makes me feel less safe,” she told LondonWorld.

“I feel quite shaken up by this news.

“I don’t walk around that area at night.”

The crime scene in Church Gardens, South Ealing, after a woman was stabbed to death. Credit: Lynn Rusk

Ch Supt Sean Wilson, who is in charge of policing for west London, said: “This is a tragic incident that I know has come as a shock to the local community.

“Officers remain at the scene as our searches and forensic examinations continue. We will also have additional visible patrols in the local area tonight and in the coming days.

“We are grateful to those who live and work nearby for their support and understanding as we continue our work. We recognise the inconvenience it has caused.

“Where possible we have taken steps to allow businesses and other venues such as the local church to reopen as soon as our investigation allowed.

“I am particularly mindful of the proximity of this incident to a local school – something which meant the school had to remain closed on Tuesday.

“I know parents will be apprehensive and I’d like to reassure them that we are working with the school to make sure children can continue their learning with minimal disruption. We anticipate it will be able to reopen from Wednesday morning.

“If anyone in the community has concerns I would encourage them to speak to an officer, contact their neighbourhood policing team or call the non-emergency number on 101.”

Information can be provided by calling 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. The reference for the incident is 77/17MAY.