A woman was stabbed to death in broad daylight in Brixton, south London on Monday, the Metropolitan police has said.
The force said it was called at about 4pm to reports of a stabbing in Stockwell Park Walk, just off Brixton Road.
Paramedics from the London ambulance service and London’s air ambulance also attended.
The woman, believed to have been in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family has been informed and will be supported by specialist officers, the Met said.
While police officers and forensic science teams worked at the scene, roads were closed and Stockwell Park Walk was cordoned off.
Family and friends of the victim gathered outside the cordon, next to a block of flats. Residents were forced to walk around the cordon, while traffic was diverted. Police requested that people avoid the area.
A family member of the woman told the Press Association: “Family are on their way here now and we still need to tell them what’s happened. It’s just so raw.”
Natasha Jordan, who works at the Live True London hair salon on Brixton Road, said: “There were loads of police cars and ambulances that came.
“Loads of police were walking up and down the road because there’s a police station right near here.
“No one actually came in and said anything though, and I’ve been in here all day.”
In a tweeted statement late on Monday, Lambeth council said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of a woman in Brixton this afternoon. We will be supporting our police colleagues and would urge anyone with information to contact investigators.”
Witnesses have been urged to call 101 quoting CAD 4278/01 May. To remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.