An investigation has been launched in Barnet, north west London, led by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command and a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder
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A mother and young son were found stabbed to death in north west London at lunchtime today.
A man, known to both, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police.
Police were called to the suspected double murder at 1.37pm and found a 37-year-old woman and a child, believed to be aged five, with stab wounds.
They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe the pair to be mother and son.
An investigation has been launched led by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command and a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
“The deceased and the arrested man were known to each other,” a statement by officers said.
Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, policing commander for the North West including Barnet, said: “The whole community will be shocked and saddened to hear of this terrible incident.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman and child who have died and also with the officers and paramedics who were first to arrive at what was an incredibly challenging scene.
“Specialist detectives are working to establish what took place and a man is in custody.
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“While they are keeping an open mind as to what has taken place, I would like to reassure residents in the local area that there is nothing to indicate, at this stage, that anyone else was involved in this incident.
“I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything unusual earlier today, or in recent days, to come forward and speak to the police. Your information could be vital as the investigation moves forward.”
Information can be provided to police by calling 101 with the reference 3590/21JUN.
Alternatively, it can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
- Police earlier issued a statement referring to the child as the daughter of the woman who died but have since confirmed this was an error and the deceased child is a boy, believed to be the son of the woman who died.