A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was beaten to death in west London.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
A 31-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The victim and suspect are understood to be known to each other.
Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner said: “This is a devastating incident and my thought are with the victim’s family at this difficult time.
“I would like to reassure residents who will have noted a large police presence in the area last night and throughout today. These officers are there to assist with the investigation and also to provide local reassurance and support.”
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “At this early stage we retain an open mind as to motive.
“We encourage anyone who believes they may have information that could assist our investigation to contact us without delay.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5251/25NOV. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.