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'Nice lady' stabbed to death at home in north London

Shocked neighbours have told of their fear and paid tribute to a "nice lady" found stabbed to death at her home in north London.

Cathy Burke Credit: SWNS

The woman, named locally as Cathy Burke, 55, was found by police on Thursday after neighbours became concerned she had not been seen.

Credit: PA

A murder investigation has been launched and no arrests have been made so far.

Neighbours said she was a former council worker who took early retirement.

One neighbour said she raised the alarm when they hadn't heard from the mother-of-one for a couple of days.

Credit: PA

I was one of the ones who actually called the police because we were worried about her, no one had heard from her in a while.

That ladder was up there from where some of the other neighbours were trying to see inside.

They couldn't see her though. That's why it's so unbelievable that they are saying she was bound and and gagged. Who does that?

It's just such an awful way to go. She was a lovely person, a really good neighbour. She lived in her own and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

She brought her son up to be a lovely young man.

We have lived in the street about the same length of time - 19 years - she was Irish and came over here a while ago.

– Neighbour

Today the house remained sealed off as forensic investigators carried out their work.

A murder investigation has been launched following the suspicious death of a woman in Muswell Hill.

At 7.03pm on Thursday, 16 November, police were called to concerns for the wellbeing of a resident at an address in Hill Road.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. The body of a woman, believed to be in her 50s, was found inside the property.

Although we believe we know the identity of the deceased, we await formal identification.

A post-mortem examination held on Saturday at Haringey Mortuary gave provisional cause of death as stab injuries.

– Scotland Yard