Man arrested as boy, 5, and woman stabbed to death in Barnet

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man has been arrested after a five-year-old boy and a woman believed to be his mother were found stabbed to death at a house in north London.

Police were called to an address in Brookside South, Barnet at 1.37pm on Tuesday by the London Ambulance Service.

Paramedics and officers attended and found a 37-year-old woman and a boy, believed to be aged five, with stab wounds.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

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.

Police confirmed the arrested man and the deceased were known to each other.

Forensics experts were at the property on Tuesday evening.

A mother who lives close to the victims said she was in tears after finding the neighbours had died.

At the scene of a police cordon, Becky, 39, who did not give her last name, said of her neighbours: “Oh my God, it’s just shocking, it really is.

“Yeah, I knew the family – nice, quiet Chinese family, from China. I’m bad with names.

Forensic officers at the scene

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“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.”

A mother-of-two said the deaths on her street had left her feeling scared.

Rummana Chowdhury, 37, said of the stabbing incident: “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.”

Another women, who also lives on Brookside South but did not give her name, added: “I don’t know them but I did see them walking their kids to school.”

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.

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