Woman dies of head injuries after ‘horrific assault’ on London street

The woman was found with serious head injuries on Cranbrook Road (Picture: My London/BPM Media)

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was attacked in the street in the early hours of this morning.

The woman, 36, suffered serious head injuries in ‘a horrific assault’ in Ilford, east London.

She was walking along Cranbrook Road in the direction of Gants Hill Station when she was attacked.

The woman, who has not yet been formally identified, died in hospital this morning after being found injured in the early hours.

There have not yet been any arrests and a crime scene remains in place.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene by the London Ambulance Service at 2.44am.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell said: ‘Our investigation remains in the critical early stages and is now being led by homicide detectives from Specialist Crime.

‘The woman had been subjected to a horrific assault and sadly passed away as a result of her injuries.

No arrests have been made following the ‘incredibly distressing’ attack (Picture: My London/BPM Media)

‘Urgent inquiries have been under way since the very early hours of Sunday morning to identify the woman.

‘At this time formal identification is yet to take place but the woman’s family have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.

‘Teams of dedicated officers are working at pace to establish what happened and identify the person responsible.

‘This includes full forensic examination of the scene and the surrounding area, house to house inquiries and a focus on identifying all available CCTV.

‘Local people will see a significant police presence in the area today and in the coming days.

‘I understand that for women, particularly locally, this is an incredibly distressing incident, and I urge you to be alert but not alarmed.’

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘It is vital that my officers speak with every possible witness and everyone with information that may assist the investigation.

‘We are appealing for anyone who was in the Cranbrook Road area of Ilford between 2am and 3am on Sunday morning to get in touch, including anyone who drove through the area and may have dashcam footage.

‘We also want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the wider Ilford area overnight.’

Anyone with information or footage, or any witnesses, are asked to call the major incident room on 0208 345 3715.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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