Mother and 5-year-old son stabbed to death in Barnet

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  • A 37-year-old man, known to the victims arrested on suspicion of the murders

A mother and son have been found dead with stab wounds in Barnet.

The incident happened on Tuesday 21 June, in Brookside South.

The police and London Ambulance Service were called to the scene at 13:37hrs and found a 37-year-old mother and her 5-year-old son with stab wounds.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement.

Mother and 5-year-old son stabbed to death in Barnet
Murder Investigation

Formal identification awaits.

Police are planning to locate and inform all next of kin, and post-mortem examinations will be scheduled in due course.

The investigation is being led by detectives from Met's Specialist Crime Command. 

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

The police said the deceased and the suspects were known to each other.

Detective Chief Inspector Claire Hine, who leads the investigation, said: "My team of experienced detectives continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the tragic death of this woman and her son. Detectives have already spoken to a number of people in and around the Brookside South area as we build a picture of events, and this work is ongoing.

"This incident has had a devastating effect on the family of the deceased, and we have a team of specially trained officers who are providing support to them where we can.

"We have a man in custody, and we are not looking for anyone else as part of this investigation. However, I would ask people not to speculate on the events surrounding this awful incident while we establish all of the facts."

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, the policing commander for the North West Command Unit, which covers Barnet, said:

"This incident has understandably caused shock and sadness in the local community, feelings that are shared throughout my team and across the wider Metropolitan Police.

"Local officers will continue to support their specialist colleagues as the investigation into the circumstances continues. I would urge any residents with concerns to approach them and speak to them or to get in contact with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team."

Investigators are appealing to anyone with information to call 101 or tweet @MetCC with the reference 3590/21JUN.

Alternatively, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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