A 62-year-old lady was discovered lifeless at a house in London final night time as police launched their 121th homicide probe of the yr.

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Officers have been known as to the property in Balham, South West London, at about 11.40pm yesterday and located the sufferer had been fatally assaulted.

Her loss of life brings the variety of homicides being investigated by Scotland Yard this yr to 121, greater than there have been in the entire of 2017.

A police car has been parked outside the home in Balham, South West London, this morning

A police car has been parked outside the home in Balham, South West London, this morning

A police automobile has been parked outdoors the house in Balham, South West London, this morning

A forensics officer is seen leaving the house where the alleged crime took place overnight

A forensics officer is seen leaving the house where the alleged crime took place overnight

A forensics officer is seen leaving the home the place the alleged crime befell in a single day

A 66-year-old man, recognized to the sufferer, was arrested on suspicion of homicide and remained in custody in the present day. The girl’s household have been informed of her loss of life.

The incident occurred on a street subsequent to Wandsworth Frequent and Balham practice station, the place properties are value a mean of £1.4million, and as much as £4.3million.

The worth of the property the place the incident occurred just isn’t accessible, however the adjoining house – which has similarities and a part of the identical constructing – is value £1.3million. 

Police attended with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, and the girl was pronounced lifeless on the scene. A autopsy will probably be scheduled.

At the moment, two police automobiles have been parked outdoors however there was no cordon across the semi-detached Victorian house, the place officers and detectives spoke on the road.

An officer stands by the door of the home in Balham today after a murder probe was launched

An officer stands by the door of the home in Balham today after a murder probe was launched

An officer stands by the door of the house in Balham in the present day after a homicide probe was launched

A forensics officer leaves the property today after the murder investigation was launched

A forensics officer leaves the property today after the murder investigation was launched

A forensics officer leaves the property in the present day after the homicide investigation was launched

The blinds have been up on the highest ground of the two-storey townhouse however curtains had been drawn within the giant bay window downstairs.

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The property seems to be cut up into two flats which can be owned by a housing affiliation. The girl’s next-door neighbour mentioned: “It is a shock.

‘The primary I heard of it was within the press this morning. She was a really variety lady. She introduced meals spherical when my spouse died. I believe her husband died some years in the past.

‘She has lived right here fairly some time. We have now helped her out along with her backyard earlier than, clearing it out, trimming the hedges and so forth.”

Officers mentioned enquiries proceed in the present day by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s murder and main crime command. 

Police walk outside the property in Balham where a woman's body was discovered last night

Police walk outside the property in Balham where a woman's body was discovered last night

Police stroll outdoors the property in Balham the place a girl’s physique was found final night time

The incident in Balham prompted the second murder probe to be launched by police yesterday

The incident in Balham prompted the second murder probe to be launched by police yesterday

The incident in Balham prompted the second homicide probe to be launched by police yesterday

It was the second homicide investigation launched by police yesterday, following the loss of life of 35-year-old Devi Unmathallegadoo in Ilford, East London.

The Metropolitan Police has seen a pointy rise in alleged home homicides prior to now yr, though 2017 was a file low, and the power’s homicide squad is taking a look at why the quantity could have risen.

In London, there have been 26 up to now this yr not together with the 2 deaths yesterday, in comparison with a file low of 9 final yr. There have been 16 in 2016, 27 in 2015, 16 in 2014 and 31 in 2013.

Among the many 119 homicides in 2018, there have been 68 stabbings, 12 shootings and two deaths involving a knife and a gun.

A 3rd of the instances (42) concerned victims aged 16 to 24, whereas 20 have been youngsters.

Police at the home in Balham today after a man aged 66 was arrested on suspicion of murder

Police at the home in Balham today after a man aged 66 was arrested on suspicion of murder

Police on the house in Balham in the present day after a person aged 66 was arrested on suspicion of homicide

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Among the many victims aged 16 to 24, 30 have been stabbed, 9 have been shot, two died in assaults involving a knife and a gun, and one died in a fall.

For the youngsters aged 15 to 19, six have been shot and 14 have been stabbed.

Ranges of violent crime within the capital have remained a priority all year long, with month-to-month highs in February and March, when 18 homicides have been recorded every month.

These have been the second highest month-to-month totals recorded since April 2010.

The one larger peak was in June 2017 when there have been 20, a determine that features eight individuals killed within the London Bridge terror atrocity.

If that is excluded, the earlier month-to-month peak was in April 2010 when there have been 16.

In complete, 111 homicides have been recorded in 2016 and 122 in 2015 within the capital, in line with House Workplace knowledge.

The murders throughout the capital up to now this yr are proven on this graphic (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Earlier than this the variety of police-recorded homicides in London had been falling, from 164 in 2007 to 91 in 2014.

official figures for monetary years, there was a peak in 2003/Four when there have been 212, after which, bar one rise in 2010/11, the whole steadily decreased till 2017/18 when it rose by 36% to 146.

What’s inflicting the rise within the homicide price? 

Police have pointed to hyperlinks between violence and so-called county strains drug networks, the place city sellers power kids and different susceptible individuals to courier unlawful substances to clients in additional rural areas.

They’re additionally recognized to take over harmless individuals’s properties to make use of as a base for crime.

Center class cocaine customers have come underneath hearth from quite a lot of public figures, together with the nation’s most senior police officer Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick, who pointed to the distress attributable to the medicine commerce.

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Drill music, the place rappers taunt rivals with lyrics laced with violence and threats, and the position of social media in escalating disputes have additionally come underneath the microscope, as have cuts to youth companies and the police.

A breakdown of the primary 100 murders confirmed solely 1 / 4 have been regarded as gang-related.

In response to the bloodshed this yr, the Metropolitan Police Violent Crime Activity Drive was arrange, seizing 340 knives, 40 weapons and 258 different offensive weapons in its first six months of operation, and making greater than 1,350 arrests.

Mayor Sadiq Khan additionally introduced plans for a violence discount unit that might undertake the general public well being strategy to deal with violent crime that was efficiently utilized in Glasgow.

Police have pointed to hyperlinks between violence and so-called county strains drug networks, the place city sellers power kids and different susceptible individuals to courier unlawful substances to clients in additional rural areas.

They’re additionally recognized to take over harmless individuals’s properties to make use of as a base for crime.

Center class cocaine customers have come underneath hearth from quite a lot of public figures, together with the nation’s most senior police officer Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick, who pointed to the distress attributable to the medicine commerce.

Drill music, the place rappers taunt rivals with lyrics laced with violence and threats, and the position of social media in escalating disputes have additionally come underneath the microscope, as have cuts to youth companies and the police.

Yesterday, House Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that police officer numbers have been “an vital half” of the battle towards violent crime.

Anybody with data is requested to name Scotland Yard on 101 and quote CAD 8110/12 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

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