Murder probe launched after woman, 36, is ‘horrifically assaulted’ in late night attack on east London road – as police warn women to be ‘alert’
A 36-year-old woman has died after being ‘horrifically assaulted’ in a late night attack 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 this 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 this morning.
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.
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.’