A pensioner killed by a stranger at her home in Hornchurch has been named locally as Rosemary Shearman. She was aged 72. Mrs Sherman's son, Greg, is believed to on his way to scene from his home in Wales. Her daughter lives in Hong Kong.
- A man, aged 50, was arrested at the address in Hornchurch on suspicion of murder
- He was taken to hospital suffering from injuries, which at this early stage appear to be self-inflicted
- Police believe they know the identity of the woman but are waiting for formal identification
A pensioner has been killed in what appears to be a random attack at her home in Hornchurch. Police say the woman who lived in Platford Green, is believed to be in her 70s.