Woman found attacked in the street dies as police open murder investigation

A murder investigation has been opened after a woman was assaulted in the early hours of yesterday morning (June 26). The Metropolitan Police Service, alongside the London Ambulance Service, found a ‘seriously injured’ woman in Cranbrook Road, Ilford at around 2.45am.

The woman, 36, was walking along Cranbrook Road towards Gants Hill Station when she was attacked. She was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

Despite the best efforts of medics who first attended the scene and medics at the hospital, she died later Sunday morning. A murder investigation was subsequently opened and a crime scene remains in place. Local women were also urged to “stay alert” after the attack.

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Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, who leads the Met’s East Area BCU, said: ‘Our investigation is still in its critical early stages and is now being led by homicide detectives from Specialist Crime.

“The woman had been the victim of a horrific assault and sadly died of her injuries. Urgent investigations have been underway since the very early hours of Sunday morning to identify the woman. At this time, official identification has not yet taken place, but the woman’s family has been informed and is 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 a full forensic examination of the scene and surrounding area, house-to-house investigations 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 days to come. I understand that for women, especially at the local level, this is an incredibly distressing incident, and I urge you to be alert but not alarmed.

Chief Detective Inspector Mark Rogers, of the Met’s Specialist Crime North Command, is leading the investigation and said: ‘It is essential that my officers speak to all possible witnesses and anyone who has information that could help the investigation. We are appealing to anyone who was in the Cranbrook Road area of ​​Ilford between 2am and 3am Sunday morning to contact us, including anyone who has driven through the area and may have footage of the dashcam. We also want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the wider Ilford area overnight.

Anyone with information or images, or any witnesses, are asked to call the Major Incident Room on 0208 345 3715. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. They will never ask your name. They cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you are using.

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Kimberly B. Nguyen