Neighbour heard 'piercing screams' before woman found stabbed in multi-million flat near Hyde Park

A resident living close to a multi-million pound flat where a woman was found stabbed to death said he was worried the attacker was still on the loose, while another spoke of hearing "piercing screams".

Police were called to the property near Hyde Park early on Monday morning after friends of a woman raised concerns about her welfare.

Officers forced their way in to the property and found the woman's body. She had suffered a number of stab injuries and a murder investigation is underway.

Neighbour Moshe See told ITV News London: "The first I knew about it was when police came knocking on our doors in the early morning and asking us if we heard any disturbances or if we saw anything.

"And obviously, we need the police to reassure us that we're all safe. What we've learned now from the media is that someone's been stabbed inside the house.

"Now there could be a knifeman on the loose, we don't know, and obviously."

It's understood the flat on Stanhope Place is the former home of an Ethiopian ambassador and neighbours described seeing a scruffily dressed woman woman there recently.

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Clifton, who is leading the investigation said: "I understand this news will be concerning, and that local women especially may be worried.

"Our enquiries are in the very early stages and we are keeping an open mind as to the motive, however I can assure people that my team are working 24/7 to establish what happened to the woman, and to identify and arrest whoever may be responsible for this attack.

"My officers now need support and information from the public. I want to ask local people to check doorbell cameras, and for drivers in the area to think about whether they've seen anything unusual that might have been captured on dash cam.

"Did you notice any unusual activity at the address? If you did then it is imperative that we hear from you."

The scene on Stanhope Place in Bayswater Credit: PA

Police are still trying to track down the victim's family and a post-mortem examination will be held at a later date.

No one has been arrested.

If you have information that could help police please call 101 or ‘X’ @MetCC ref CAD 6784/7 Apr. To remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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