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Woman aged 31 arrested after ‘perfect’ five-year-old girl found dead at house

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Detectives have launched an investigation after a five-year-old girl was found dead at a house, with a woman arrested on suspicion of murder.

Dozens of officers were drafted in to help search the top floor flat in Leybourne Avenue in Northfields, west London, after police were called shortly before 1pm on Tuesday because of concerns about the welfare of the people inside.

London Ambulance Service medics also attended but the five-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. Police said she and the girl were known to each other and that a post-mortem will be conducted later.

Neighbours expressed shock at the child’s death on Wednesday.

One described the five year old girl as a “beautiful little princess.”

He said: “She was the perfect child, just adorable. When I saw her I would give her a hug. 

“She lived with her mother and father who I think is a delivery driver. She was happy-go-lucky, always smiling - we are devastated. When we heard my wife and I both said ‘please don’t let it be that beautiful little girl.’ She was a beautiful little princess.”

Another neighbour said: “There were loads of police vans. They just descended on the road.”

The flat where the girl died is on a road where properties fetch up to £1 million and was today cordoned off as inquiries continued. 

 (Jeremy Selwyn)
(Jeremy Selwyn)

Another neighbour said: “This is a peaceful family street, there were so many police it looked like a drug raid. The police wouldn’t tell us anything. To think a five year is dead is unfathomable.”

Murder detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.

A spokesman for the force said: “Police were called at 12.56pm on Tuesday 14 September following concerns for the welfare of the occupants of a residential address on Leyborne Avenue, W13.

“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. Despite their efforts, a five-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.”

It came as a separate murder investigation has been launched after a 51-year-old man was stabbed to death.

Police were called to Widmore Road in Bromley, south-east London, shortly before 11pm yesterday.

Paramedics and an air ambulance crew tried to save the victim, who had suffered multiple stab wounds, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have been told.

A few hours later, at around 3.30am, police were called to reports of a man on the roof of a building in Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley.

They talked the 29-year-old down, the officers deployed a Taser, and he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrested man and the victim were known to each other, and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood said: “Our thoughts are with the victim at this very difficult time.

“We are in the early stages of our investigation and my team are working to establish what has happened here.

“Anyone who has information that could be useful to our investigation is asked to make contact with us.”

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