Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman found dead in west London on New Year’s Eve


man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at her home in west London on New Year’s Eve.

Police and paramedics were called to a house in Willenhall Drive, Hayes, Hillingdon, at 10.15am on Saturday.

There they found a 39-year-old woman with serious injuries, who was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman has not yet been formally identified but police believe her to be Stephanie Hansen, who lived at the poperty.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

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A 29-year-old man who was known to Stephanie has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, Scotland Yard confirmed on Sunday.

A special post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Monday.

Police are appealing for anyone with information that might help their investigation to get in touch.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “My thoughts are with Stephanie’s family. They have suffered an unimaginable loss and we will give them every support.

“I know that this incident will have shocked people in the local community. While our investigation is still in its initial stages, I am confident that we are not looking for any further suspects and that there is no continuing risk to residents or the wider public.

“As we work to build a picture of what happened to Stephanie, we would be interested to hear from anyone who knew her, had seen or spoken to her recently and who feels they may have relevant information to assist our investigation.

“We are also appealing for anyone who lives or was driving in the immediate vicinity of Willenhall Drive in Hayes to come forward if they have CCTV or dash cams that were operating between the morning of Friday, 30 December and the morning of Saturday, 31 December.”

Anyone with information can call 101, giving the reference 2143/31DEC.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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