Terrified residents are contemplating moving home after a woman was knifed to death in Maida Vale this morning.
According to eyewitnesses, the victim was repeatedly stabbed with a “10cm-long kitchen knife” just after 9am on Monday (January 24) on Chippenham Road, West London.
The attacker was then struck by a car, being driven by a 26-year-old man. Both the victim and the attacker were pronounced dead at the scene. Police have also said the two were known to each other.
They have said they are not aware of any links between the man and the two deceased.
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Shirley Avery, a mum on nearby Goldney Road told MyLondon: “I’ve lived here for three months and I really don’t know if I can stay here much longer – how can I expect my kids to be ok when I’m terrified.
“I don’t know what to think.”
A resident of Burlington Close, just outside the police cordon, who asked not to be named, said: “I was trying to catch the bus to go swimming but I will have to go back home.
“It’s a terrible thing when these things happen.”
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He added: “I haven’t lived here long but it’s a very busy area. I came from Hempstead and I think I want to go back. It gets a bit rowdy, crowds gather to drink and smoke nearby and doesn’t always feel safe.”
A mum whose child attends nearby St Peter’s CE Primary School said: “I was half an hour late for the school run this afternoon and my children know what’s happened because people have been talking about it.
“It doesn’t feel safe here right now I just want to go home and lock the doors.”
A Met spokesperson confirmed a 26-year-old man, the driver of the car, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
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Detective chief inspector Jim Eastwood, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This was a terrible incident that occurred in broad daylight on a busy London street. It also appears that a number of members of the public bravely tried to intervene to stop the attack.
“A man has been arrested in relation to the case; we are not aware of any links between this man and the two deceased. I can also confirm that we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection to this incident.
“A team of detectives are working to establish the circumstances of the incident and I would ask the public to avoid speculating on what may have happened while these initial enquiries take place.
“A number of people have already come forward, but we are still asking for anyone to make contact with us. Any information could be vital in helping us understand why this dreadful incident happened.”
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