A man has today been arrested on suspicion of murder following the deaths of a woman and five-year-old boy found with stab wounds at a house in Barnet, north London.
Metropolitan Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Brookside South at 1.37pm this afternoon, where they found a 37-year-old woman and a child, believed to be mother and son, with stab wounds.
They were both pronounced dead at the scene before a 37-year-old man, said to be known to the victims, was arrested.
Forensic experts were called to the house while police cordoned off a section of the road and carried out patrols.
Shocked residents were escorted in and out of the street by police officers, with one mother saying she was in tears after hearing of her neighbours’ fates.
The woman, named Becky, 39, who did not give her last name, said: ‘Oh my God, it’s just shocking, it really is.
‘I knew the family – nice, quiet Chinese family, from China.
‘I’m a mother of two girls, similar age (to the child victim), they have never played but they have met them before.
Police and forensic officers in Brookside South, Barnet, after mother and son were stabbed to death
At 1.37pm today, police were called by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Brookside South
The news has spread shockwaves across the leafy suburb (street of incident pictured), where houses are worth upwards of £500,000
On arrival, they found a 37-year-old woman and a child, believed to be aged five, with stab wounds
Forensic officers at the scene in Brookside South, Barnet, north London, after a 37-year-old woman and five-year-old child were found fatally stabbed
Investigators, police and forensic workers outside the home where the alleged double murder took place
‘I have cried so much, earlier in particular when I heard that a child was involved, that was devastating.’
Another mother-of-two said the deaths had left her feeling scared.
Rummana Chowdhury, 37, said: ‘It’s definitely very sad, it’s shameful. I can’t believe this, it’s unbelievable.
‘It’s scary and sad as well because this morning everything was OK and suddenly this happened.’
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 knew each other, according to police.
The news has spread shockwaves across the leafy suburb, where houses are worth upwards of £500,000.
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.
Forensic experts were called to the house while police cordoned off a section of the road and carried out patrols
Shocked residents were escorted in and out of the street by police officers, with one mother saying she was in tears after hearing of her neighbours’ fates. (Pictured: Forensic teams in blue scrubs work the scene)
The scene of an alleged double murder in Brookside South, Barnet, north London
A forensic worker at the scene of an alleged double murder in Barnet, north London, Tuesday
A neighbour and mother-of-two said the deaths had left her feeling scared (Pictured: Forensic worker at the scene)
Police said they don’t believe there is anyone else involved in the incident following the arrest of a man known to the victims
‘Specialist detectives are working to establish what took place and a man is in custody.
‘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.