Murder probe launched as stabbed mother dies

The woman, named locally Leighann Duffy, was attacked in her Hatherley Mews flat

The woman, named locally Leighann Duffy, was attacked in her Hatherley Mews flat

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A murder investigation has been launched after a mother was fatally stabbed and her six-year-old daughter injured.

Police were called at just after 3pm on Monday to reports of a woman stabbed at a flat in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow.

Police and ambulance attended and found a 26-year-old woman suffering from stab wounds to her arm and neck. 

The woman, named locally as Leighann Duffy, was taken to hospital where she died on Wedneday afternoon.

Next of kin are aware, but she is yet to be formally identified. 

A six-year-old girl received treatment at the scene for a minor injury and did not attend hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Glen Lloyd said: "We are now investigating the murder of a young woman.

"While we continue to investigate the motive to this incident we believe that the suspect and the victim were known to each other.

"People living and working nearby may have seen something that could be of vital importance to investigators. I would urge anyone with information to contact officers."

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 020 8345 3985. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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7:29am Thu 4 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

I hope that the police leave no stone unturned to find the perpetrator of this heinous, shocking and despicable crime in broad daylight and that the culprit is swiftly brought to justice and given an appropriate punishment that fits the horrific nature of the offence.

What is the borough coming to when events take place like this on a regular basis with other disturbing occupancies frequently hitting the news. This is a truly shocking incident in a now thriving regenerated area and the public deserve more protection from the police .
I hope that the police leave no stone unturned to find the perpetrator of this heinous, shocking and despicable crime in broad daylight and that the culprit is swiftly brought to justice and given an appropriate punishment that fits the horrific nature of the offence. What is the borough coming to when events take place like this on a regular basis with other disturbing occupancies frequently hitting the news. This is a truly shocking incident in a now thriving regenerated area and the public deserve more protection from the police . Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

9:03am Thu 4 Sep 14

driftingcowboy says...

This murder is not the fault of the police. If you are referring to the need for more visible police foot patrols, then that is a different matter. A constable on the beat nowadays is as rare a sight as hen's teeth, but that's the fault of successive governments cutting back police funding and its a national malaise not just local to London or Walthamstow.

For now though, let us mourn this poor woman's terrible death and, as you say, hope that the killer is apprehended very quickly - as I'm sure he/she will be. The police will have some idea already I'm sure.
This murder is not the fault of the police. If you are referring to the need for more visible police foot patrols, then that is a different matter. A constable on the beat nowadays is as rare a sight as hen's teeth, but that's the fault of successive governments cutting back police funding and its a national malaise not just local to London or Walthamstow. For now though, let us mourn this poor woman's terrible death and, as you say, hope that the killer is apprehended very quickly - as I'm sure he/she will be. The police will have some idea already I'm sure. driftingcowboy
  • Score: 9

9:23am Thu 4 Sep 14

tillytrotter says...

Villagecranberry blames the police for everything. The police work very hard to bring people to justice but sometimes its the CPS that don't give the penalties that is deserved. The police will find the perpetrator of this crime and bring him to justice but they do not determine the sentence that is given. Please stop slating our Police they do their job and get dammed if they do and dammed if they don't.
Villagecranberry blames the police for everything. The police work very hard to bring people to justice but sometimes its the CPS that don't give the penalties that is deserved. The police will find the perpetrator of this crime and bring him to justice but they do not determine the sentence that is given. Please stop slating our Police they do their job and get dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. tillytrotter
  • Score: 17

10:29am Thu 4 Sep 14

GoodChingfordGirl says...

So so sad .... a tragic loss :( I hope the little girl gets all the support she needs to over come this. Such a sad story.
So so sad .... a tragic loss :( I hope the little girl gets all the support she needs to over come this. Such a sad story. GoodChingfordGirl
  • Score: 14

6:32pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Lisa Fisher says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope that the police leave no stone unturned to find the perpetrator of this heinous, shocking and despicable crime in broad daylight and that the culprit is swiftly brought to justice and given an appropriate punishment that fits the horrific nature of the offence.

What is the borough coming to when events take place like this on a regular basis with other disturbing occupancies frequently hitting the news. This is a truly shocking incident in a now thriving regenerated area and the public deserve more protection from the police .
''Thriving & regenrated area''. Get a grip you tosse*!!! I guarantee you're not originally from the area, you sound a deluded left wing scum bag!
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope that the police leave no stone unturned to find the perpetrator of this heinous, shocking and despicable crime in broad daylight and that the culprit is swiftly brought to justice and given an appropriate punishment that fits the horrific nature of the offence. What is the borough coming to when events take place like this on a regular basis with other disturbing occupancies frequently hitting the news. This is a truly shocking incident in a now thriving regenerated area and the public deserve more protection from the police .[/p][/quote]''Thriving & regenrated area''. Get a grip you tosse*!!! I guarantee you're not originally from the area, you sound a deluded left wing scum bag! Lisa Fisher
  • Score: 0

6:33pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Lisa Fisher says...

''REGENERATED.''
''REGENERATED.'' Lisa Fisher
  • Score: 0

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