A murder investigation has been launched after a 58-year-old woman was stabbed to death at a home in an Ealing cul-de-sac.
Neighbours spoke of their “horror” after police were called to Clariat Court, Boddington Gardens following reports of a disturbance shortly before 3.40pm on Monday.
A 21-year-old woman, known to the victim, has been arrested.
Neighbours told the Standard that the woman had worked as a dinner lady at a nearby school.
One said: “It’s a tragedy for all of us. I have not got a bad word to say about her.”
An air ambulance and road ambulance were also scrambled to the scene.
Neighbour Steven Dineen, 52, said: “I saw a woman on a stretcher in the ambulance I thought she was dead but she did move. It’s a real shock.
“There have been police guards outside the door and forensics everywhere. This is very hardcore to be so close to it is frightening. I can only describe my horror.”
The woman was found with stab wounds and despite the best efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next-of-kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
A neighbour said: “I heard a ruckus then there were ambulance and police everywhere. I have nothing bad to say about the family at the address where it happened.”
Forensics officers have been trawling the scene for evidence and have interviewed neighbours in connection with the stabbing.
Another neighbour said: “We are all heartbroken.”
The 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder. She was taken to hospital with a non-life threatening injury before being transferred to police custody where she remains.
A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He was taken to a west London police station and has since been released with no further action to be taken against him.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the woman who has lost her life in this incident. They will continue to receive our full support.
“While an early arrest in this investigation is a positive development, we are still keen to build a picture of what happened.
“I would appeal to anyone who lives nearby or who was in the area at the time of the incident to come forward if they saw or heard anything unusual.
“No piece of information is insignificant.”
Anyone with information should call 101, giving the reference 4781/15AUG. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.