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Woman stabbed and man killed after being hit by a car

A woman has been stabbed and a man killed after being hit by a car in a double tragedy in west London today.

Metropolitan Police officers were called to reports of a stabbing in Maida Vale during the morning rush hour around 9am and when they got to the scene they also found a man who had been hit by a car.

Paramedic teams from London Ambulance Services and crews from the London Fire Brigade were called and extricated the man when he was trapped under the vehicle, but both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they had launched “an urgent investigation” into the incident and officers were working to notify the families of the deceased. They have made no arrests and said autopsy tests are being arranged.

Photos taken at the scene this afternoon showed forensic teams conducting investigations and taking photos amid a huge police presence with a major cordon leading to five bus routes being diverted.

Westminster North Labor MP Karen Buck, whose constituency address is just 200 meters away, tweeted: “Horrific events this morning on Elgin Avenue which will be devastating for the family and friends of those killed and also for the local community.”

Police officers from the Metropolitan Police are investigating the double deaths at the scene in Maida Vale, west London, this afternoon

Forensic scientists in Maida Vale today after a woman was stabbed and a man killed after being hit by a car

Forensic scientists in Maida Vale today after a woman was stabbed and a man killed after being hit by a car

Forensic tents at the crime scene in Maida Vale today after the incident which resulted in five bus routes being diverted

Forensic tents at the crime scene in Maida Vale today after the incident which resulted in five bus routes being diverted

Detectives are investigating the double deaths in Maida Vale, west London this afternoon

Detectives are investigating the double deaths in Maida Vale, west London this afternoon

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Neil Smithson said: “An incredibly serious incident took place in the Westminster area this morning and two people have been pronounced dead.

“Our officers are on the scene and are working to determine exactly what happened. As soon as we have more information we will update the public, but for now we need to avoid speculation and allow investigators to do their job.

“What I can say at this point is that the incident is contained and we do not believe there is a major threat to the community. We have already spoken to a number of people but anyone else who has witnessed the incident or has any information that might help us is urged to get in touch immediately.’

Local roads have been closed with buses 31, 36, 228 and 328 all on diversion. Councilor Tim Roca, who represents Harrow Road Parish on Westminster City Council, tweeted: “Just heard about the tragic events on Chippenham Road this morning. Absolutely terrible news and it’s fair to say the community is in shock.

Forensic scientists in Maida Vale today after a woman was stabbed and a man killed after being hit by a car

Forensic scientists in Maida Vale today after a woman was stabbed and a man killed after being hit by a car

Metropolitan Police officers at the scene this afternoon after the double deaths in Maida Vale, west London

Metropolitan Police officers at the scene this afternoon after the double deaths in Maida Vale, west London

Forensic scientists in Maida Vale today after a woman was stabbed and a man killed after being hit by a car

Forensic scientists in Maida Vale today after a woman was stabbed and a man killed after being hit by a car

A Metropolitan Police officer in a forensic suit at the crime scene on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale this afternoon

A Metropolitan Police officer in a forensic suit at the crime scene on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale this afternoon

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “An urgent investigation has been launched following the deaths of a woman and a man in Maida Vale.

“Police were called at 9.01am on Monday 24 January to receive reports of a stabbing at Chippenham Road, W9. Officers, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade were at the scene.

“A woman was found at the scene with stab wounds. There, officers also found a man who had been hit by a vehicle. Both the man and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officials are working to inform their families. Autopsies will be ordered in due course. At this time there was no arrest. Investigations to clarify the circumstances are ongoing. Roads are closed in the area.”

Detectives are investigating the double deaths in Maida Vale, west London this afternoon

Detectives are investigating the double deaths in Maida Vale, west London this afternoon

Metropolitan Police officers in forensic suits at the scene of the crime today at Chippenham Road in Maida Vale, West London

Metropolitan Police officers in forensic suits at the scene of the crime today at Chippenham Road in Maida Vale, West London

Ambulance services at the scene today on Chippenham Road following the incident in Maida Vale, west London

Ambulance services at the scene today on Chippenham Road following the incident in Maida Vale, west London

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 9.02am today with reports of an incident at Chippenham Road, W9.

“We dispatched a number of resources to the scene, including two ambulance crews, two clinical team leaders, an advanced paramedic, two tactical response units, a paramedic in a car, a dispatcher and members of our hazardous area response team.

“We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance on the road. Despite the best efforts of our medics, two people died at the scene.”

The incident took place on Chippenham Road, which has an average house price of £497,000 and is four blocks from the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios.

Police said witnesses could call them on 101 quoting the reference 1496/24jan or, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online

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