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Police follow new line of enquiry in Luton murder

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Police are continuing to investigate the murder of mother-of four Saima Khan in Luton.

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with her murder, and will remain in custody until tomorrow morning.

Saima Khan was found in a pool of blood at her house in Overstone Road on Monday.

Her four children, all below the age of seven were believed to be in the house at the time of her death. With permission from Saima's husband, they have been taken into the care of an Asian family.

Today, Bedfordshire police revealed they have not been following lines that Saima was the victim of burglars who broke into her home.

Woman arrested in connection with murder of Luton mother

Mother-of-four Saima Khan Credit: Family picture

A 26-year-old woman from Luton has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Saima Khan.

The 34-year-old mother-of-four was stabbed to death during a burglary at her home in Overstone Road last Monday night.

Officers arrested a woman shortly before 9am this morning. She is currently in police custody.

A team of specialist officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are continue to investigate the murder and have pleaded for anyone who may know something to get in touch.

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Police urge community to stay calm following murder of mother

Saima Khan Credit: Family picture

Police in Luton are reassuring the community after mum of four Saima Khan was murdered last week.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit say they understand it's an unsettling time but have asked people to remain calm, and not to speculate around the circumstances of her death.

Police seek to reassure public over stabbings

Two roads in the centre of Luton have been sealed off by police Credit: ITV Anglia

Police investigating a double stabbing in Luton are treating it as an isolated incident and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

The incident took place just before 6am and two men have been taken to hospital after suffering stab wounds. One of the men is now in a critical condition and the second man is serious but stable.

Crime scenes remain in place in Buxton Road and Alma Street while investigations are carried out, however, police have reassured the public that they are working to clear these as soon as possible.

One man has been arrested in connection with both stabbings and is being questioned.

We are doing everything possible to reopen the roads as quickly as possible and minimise disruption in the town centre.

“I would also like to reassure the public that we are treating this as an isolated incident and do not believe there to be a risk for the wider public.”

– Detective Inspector Chris Beresford

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Care firm pays tribute to murdered mum

Saima Khan Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The company where murdered mum-of-four Saima Khan worked has paid tribute to her.

Allied Healthcare is deeply saddened by today’s news regarding the death of its care worker, Saima Khan, who worked in its Luton branch.

Saima had worked at Allied Healthcare for 6 years and was specifically trained to deliver care to older, vulnerable adults. The company will be working closely with her customers and colleagues to support them through this difficult time.

Saima was a lovely, highly respected member of our team and was very popular with customers and colleagues alike. We are all devastated by the news and offer our deepest condolences to her family.”

– Allister Mcharrie, Hub Branch Manager

Man due in court over Natalia murder

Natalia Doherty

A man will appear in court today charged in connection with the death of a Bedfordshire woman 13 years ago.

Natalia Doherty was last seen in 2003. Her remains were found in a garden in Luton last December.

67 year old Daniel Doherty has been charged with preventing a lawful burial, obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty and perverting the course of justice.

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