A young woman has been found stabbed to death in an alleyway in west London.
The 21-year-old was found with multiple wounds after a “truly shocking” attack in Church Gardens, South Ealing around 12.10am on Tuesday.
Police were called to reports of a stabbing in Robert’s Alley, close to Grange Primary School.
Officers attended along with paramedics and London’s air ambulance.
Scotland Yard said the victim had a number of stab injuries and despite the best efforts of emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are confident they know the woman’s identity and are in the process of informing her next of kin.
A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course. A crime scene remains in place remains as forensic officers scoured for clues.
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, the Met’s West Area commander, said: “This is a truly shocking incident which will understandably cause significant concern among the local community and Londoners as a whole.
“Violence of any kind, but particularly against women and girls, has a profound impact on communities and this will understandably impact on the confidence of those in the area going about their daily business.
“I want to reassure the Ealing community that a team of specialist homicide detectives have commenced an investigation and they will use their skills and experience to ensure that whoever is responsible is brought to justice.”
A woman whose house backs onto the crime scene said she heard “a load of people shouting” during the night.
She added: “It’s such a shame. How awful."
Lib Dem councillor John Ball tweeted: “Very sad this morning to hear about the murder that took place last night in Robert’s Alley, South Ealing. Such a tragedy.
“Grange School, Grange Nursery and Grange Pre-School are within the police cordon so are closed today.”
Teachers posted on Grange School’s website: “Urgent - school is closed today due to a serious incident.”