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Investigation continues following the death of a woman and child in Barnet

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Investigation continues following the death of a woman and child in Barnet

An investigation continues following the death of a woman and child in Barnet.

At 13:37hrs on Tuesday, 21 June police were called by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Brookside South.

Officers attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics and the London Air Ambulance.

On arrival they 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.

The deceased are believed to be mother and son.

Formal identification awaits.

Work is under way to locate and inform all next of kin and post-mortem examinations will be scheduled in due course.

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 – he remains in custody.

The deceased and the arrested man were known to each other.

Detective Chief Inspector Claire Hine who leads the investigation said: “My team of experienced detectives continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the tragic death of this woman and her son. Detectives have already spoken to a number of people in and around the Brookside South area as we build a picture of events and this work is ongoing.

“This incident has had a devastating effect on the family of the deceased and we have a team of specially trained officers who are providing support to them where we can.

“We have a man in custody and we are not looking for anyone else as part of this investigation. However, I would ask people not to speculate on the events surrounding this awful incident while we establish all of the facts.”

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, the policing commander for the North West Command Unit which covers Barnet said:

"This incident has understandably caused shock and sadness in the local community; feelings that are shared throughout my team and across the wider Metropolitan Police.

“Local officers will continue to support their specialist colleagues as the investigation into the circumstances continues. I would urge any residents with concerns to approach them and speak to them, or to get in contact with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team.”

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC with the reference 3590/21JUN. Alternatively, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.