Newham Murder: Police identify victim as Yasmin Begum; suspect arrested

Police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a woman in Newham.

He was arrested on Sunday 27 in Stratford. He currently remains in police custody.

The police have identified the victim as 40-year-old Yasmin Begum from the local area. 

Her family have been informed and continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

Newham Murder: Police identify victim as Yasmin Begum; suspect arrested
Yasmin Begum

Yasmin was found at her apartment in Globe Road, E2, with stab wounds at 16:06hrs on Thursday, 24 March.

The Police and London Ambulance arrived at the scene after school staff raised the alarm when she did not arrive to pick up her children.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem was carried out on Saturday, 26 March and the cause of death was established as multiple sharp force injuries.

Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command continue to lead the investigation.

"A crime scene is likely to remain in place over the coming days as police examine the scene," according to a police statement on Sunday.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, leading the investigation, said: "My thoughts are with Yasmin's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. I want to reassure them that we are working around the clock to get them the answers they deserve.

"It is heart-breaking that yet another woman has been killed. All women and girls have the right to feel safe, at any time, day or night, in public or at home, and we will do everything we can to find those responsible for this. 

Tackling violence against women is one of the Met's top priorities. Police officers, including forensic specialists, remain at the scene. We will continue to carry out door-to-door enquiries, and local people will also see additional police in the area.

"We are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with any information, to contact us. No matter how insignificant you think your information might be, please don't hesitate to get in touch. It could be key to this investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 4738/24Mar. To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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