Horrified neighbours reveal they heard loud screams after woman, 36, was murdered in horrific late night attack while ‘walking home’ in east London
- Woman, 36, dies after being ‘horrifically assaulted’ during the day in London
- Met Police launch murder probe into attack and put a cordon at the scene
- Force said women ‘should not be alarmed’ but urged them to be ‘alert’
- Did you witness the incident? Get in touch: [email protected]
Horrified neighbours today revealed how they heard loud screams after a woman was murdered in a late night attack while walking on a road in east London.
The Met Police have launched a murder probe into the death of the victim who was found with serious head injuries in Redbridge, Ilford on Sunday morning.
She was attacked while walking along Cranbrook Road in the direction of Gants Hill Station and the high street.
London Ambulance, who called the police at 2.44am to the scene, took the woman to hospital where she later died.
The woman’s family have been informed of her death and there have been no arrests made so far.
The Met have closed the road and put a cordon in place at the scene while urging women to be ‘alert’ but not ‘alarmed’ by the attack.
One neighbour said today: ‘I came home about that time, we had just been to an Ed Sheeran concert.
‘I heard screaming but I didn’t know whether it was a child or a fox. I didn’t think much of it. It’s a shock because it at 2am it was still busy with lots of cars.’
She said the police had called at her house and told her father the woman was Asian and that they were looking for a white male.
Police are today working outside a house midway down the street where the attack took place.
Forensic officers could be seen dragging a black tarpaulin towards a house where the attack took place.
Numerous side streets are also cordoned off and police have extended the area taped off to made it even wider.
Police continue to work in Cranbrook Road, Redbridge, after a woman was murdered on Sunday morning
She was attacked while walking in the direction of Gants Hill Station and the high street
The Met have closed the road and put a cordon in place at the scene while urging women to be ‘alert’ but not ‘alarmed’ by the attack
Another neighbour said: ‘It’s terrifying to think a killer is on the loose and women are being warned to be careful. I won’t go out after dark now, it’s just too scary. It’s just horrific to think this happened so close to home.
He said: ‘I got up and saw flashing lights at three in the morning and heard the helicopter and a police dog. When we found out what happed, we were just in shock.
‘There is a house with ornamental posts outside, it was there. When you live on a main road like this you don’t know anybody.’
Meanwhile, a local restaurant owner claimed that his sisters who live in Afghanistan are ‘safer’ than those who live in certain parts of London.
Tajik Ahmed, who has lived in Gants Hill for over 20 years, says the area is ‘getting worse and worse.’
He added: ‘When I first moved here there was still crime, then it got better but over the past few years it seems to have gone backwards. I have two sisters but they both live In Afghanistan. I think they’re safer there than in some parts of London.’
Another Cranbrook Road resident, a 60-year-old father, said he ‘worries’ for other women in the area following the fatal attack – but that he believes the area to generally be safe.
Subhash said: ‘I have lived in the area for 15 years and this is the first time that this kind of serious incident has happened in this area.
‘This happened last night. I was fast asleep, but then I heard the helicopter going round around 3am. I thought something must have happened.’
Pensioner Diana Nesen, 82, said: ‘I came out of my house to find a crime scene. The whole place was cordoned off.
‘It’s really a tragedy, you don’t expect to find something like that happen on a road like this – it’s awful.
‘We don’t know who she was but she must have been walking to the station early in the morning. But the trains weren’t running so maybe she was a local too.
‘It does make you feel more vulnerable. I hope they catch the killer.’
The Met Police have launched a murder probe into the death of the victim who was found with serious head injuries in Redbridge, Ilford this morning. Pictured: The cordon and forensics at the scene
Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, who leads the Met’s East Area BCU, said: ‘Our investigation remains in the critical early stages and is now being led by homicide detectives from Specialist Crime.
‘The woman had been subjected to a horrific assault and sadly passed away as a result of her injuries.
‘Urgent enquiries have been under way since the very early hours of Sunday morning to identify the woman. At this time formal identification is yet to take place but the woman’s family have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.
‘Teams of dedicated officers are working at pace to establish what happened and identify the person responsible.
This includes full forensic examination of the scene and the surrounding area, house to house enquiries and a focus on identifying all available CCTV. No arrests have been made at this time.
‘Local people will see a significant police presence in the area today and in the coming days. I understand that for women, particularly locally, this is an incredibly distressing incident, and I urge you to be alert but not alarmed.’
She was attacked while walking along Cranbrook Road in the direction of Gants Hill Station and the high street. Pictured: Police talk to a driver as they close the road
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers, of the Met’s Specialist Crime North Command, is leading the investigation and said: ‘It is vital that my officers speak with every possible witness and everyone with information that may assist the investigation.
‘We are appealing for anyone who was in the Cranbrook Road area of Ilford between 2am and 3am on Sunday morning to get in touch, including anyone who drove through the area and may have dashcam footage.
‘We also want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the wider Ilford area overnight.’