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Officers are called to home of woman in her 30s after family member sees marks on body
Police investigate ‘suspicious death’ after body found in Vaughan
Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman’s body was found in the backyard of a house in north-west London.
The Metropolitan police said officers were called to the house in Tottenham on Sunday afternoon after a family member raised concerns for the safety of a woman in her 30s.
Paramedics found the woman dead at the scene and London’s homicide and major crime command was called to investigate the circumstances around her death.
A postmortem examination on Monday found the cause of death to be stab wounds, the police said.
Scotland Yard said an area has been cordoned off as officers continue to investigate.
Neighbours reported hearing loud screams in the early hours of Sunday.
One man, who declined to be named, said he heard banging on the back door of the home overnight.
“It was terrifying. There were what sounded like two loud thuds, it was completely silent. I then heard banging on the front door,” he said.
A police cordon is placed at the scene. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images
“There were no screeching sounds but it was really painful. At about 4am I saw an officer follow a member of the family into the house and he asked them to leave but they refused.
“I heard what sounded like someone being punched.”
He added: “I was on my patio then I heard banging and a couple of seconds later I heard there was a body on the floor. It was really bad.
“There were people shouting at the time but you don’t know who is who. It was like two families in a big house.”
A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder was later released under investigation.