Woman stabbed to death and man killed after being hit by a car

Double death horror: Police rush to calls of stabbing to find woman knifed to death and man hit and killed by car

  • Officers called to stabbing in Maida Vale, West London, at about 9am today
  • When they got to the scene they also found a man who had been hit by a car
  • Firefighters freed the man who was trapped under the vehicle but both died
  • Metropolitan Police launch ‘urgent investigation’ but have made no arrests 

A woman was stabbed to death and a man killed after being hit by a car in West London today in a double tragedy during the morning rush hour.

Officers were called to reports of a stabbing in Maida Vale at about 9am, and when they got to the scene also found a man who had been hit by a car.

Ambulance crews were called as well as London Fire Brigade, who freed the man as he was trapped under the vehicle, but both victims were declared dead at the scene.

The Metropolitan Police said it had launched ‘an urgent investigation’ after the horrific incident and officers were working to tell the families of the deceased.

Detectives have not made any arrests and said post-mortem examinations will be arranged. Local roads were closed with buses 31, 36, 228 and 328 all on diversion.

Westminster North Labour MP Karen Buck, whose constituency address is just 200 yards away, tweeted: ‘Horrific events this morning in Elgin Avenue, which will be devastating for family and friends of those killed and also for the local community.’

Metropolitan Police officers on the scene this afternoon in Maida Vale, West London

Detectives investigate today following the double death in Maida Vale, West London

Metropolitan Police officers on the scene this afternoon in Maida Vale, West London

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Neil Smithson said: ‘This morning an incredibly serious incident has unfolded in the Westminster area which has seen two people pronounced dead.

‘Our officers are on scene and are working to establish exactly what has happened. As soon as we have more information will keep the public updated but for now we must avoid speculation and allow investigators to do their work.

‘What I can say at this time is that the incident is contained and we do not believe there to be any wider threat to the community.

‘We have spoken to a number of people already but anyone else who witnessed the incident, or who has information that could help us, is urged to make contact immediately.’

Detectives investigate today following the double death in Maida Vale, West London

Emergency services at the scene today on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale, West London

Local councillor Tim Roca, who represents the Harrow Road ward on Westminster City Council, tweeted: ‘Just hearing about the tragic events on Chippenham road this morning. Absolutely awful news and fair to say the community is in shock. Police are keeping local councillors updated.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘An urgent investigation has been launched following the deaths of a woman and a man in Maida Vale. Police were called at 9.01am on Monday, January 24 to reports of a stabbing in Chippenham Road, W9. 

‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the scene. A woman was found at the scene with stab injuries. Officers also found a man at the location who had been struck by a vehicle.

‘Both the man and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are working to inform their families. Post-mortem examinations will be arranged in due course. There has been no arrest at this stage. Enquiries are under way to establish the circumstances. Roads are closed in the area.’

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 9.02am today to reports of an incident on Chippenham Road, W9.

‘We sent a number of resources to the scene, including two ambulance crews, two clinical team leaders, an advanced paramedic, two tactical response units, a medic in a car, an incident response officer, and members of our hazardous area response team.

‘We also dispatched by road London’s Air Ambulance. Despite our medics’ efforts, two people died at the scene.’

The incident happened on Chippenham Road which has an average house price of £497,000 and is located four roads away from the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios.

Police said witnesses can call them on 101 quoting the reference 1496/24jan, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online

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