A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the deaths of a woman and five-year-old child found with stab wounds at a house in Barnet, northwest London, this afternoon.
At 1.37pm today, police were called by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Brookside South.
Officers attended with paramedics and the London Air Ambulance.
On arrival, they found a 37-year-old woman and a child, believed to be aged five, with stab wounds.
They were both pronounced dead at the scene and are believed to be mother and daughter.
A 37-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter were found dead with stab wounds at a house in Brookside South, Barnet, northwest London, this afternoon
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.
‘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.