Barnet murder live: Mum and young son, 5, found stabbed to death in their North London home

A mum and her five-year-old son were found stabbed to death in their North London home yesterday afternoon. The shocking tragedy unfolded at an address in Barnet, North London at about 1.35pm on Tuesday (June 21).

Met Police officers were called to the home in Brookside South by London Ambulance Service paramedics after the pair were found with stab wounds. London’s Air Ambulance was called but neither of them could be saved and they were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Becky, 39, who lives on the street, told PA: “Oh my God, it’s just shocking, it really is…I knew the family, nice, quiet Chinese family, from China. I’m bad with names. I’m a mother of two girls, similar age [to the child victim], they have never played but they have met them before. I have cried so much, earlier in particular when I heard that a child was involved, that was devastating.”

Meanwhile, mother-of-two Rummana Chowdhury, 37, said: “I don’t know them, it’s definitely very sad, it’s shameful. I can’t believe this, it’s unbelievable. It’s scary and sad as well because this morning everything was OK and suddenly this happened.”

An investigation has been launched, led by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command and a 37-year-old man who was known to the victims, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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.”

Follow our live updates on this incident below in our blog. If you knew the victims and would like to pay tribute, email us at kat.pirnak@reachplc.com

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