Horror for residents as mum and daughter, 5, found stabbed to death at home

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman and five-year-old child – believed to be her daughter – were found stabbed to death in north London.

The 37-year-old was taken into custody following the incident at an address in Brookside South, Barnet, on Tuesday.

Scotland Yard said he is thought to be known to the victims.

Officers attended shortly after 1.30pm with London Ambulance Service paramedics and the London Air Ambulance.

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, policing commander for the North West including Barnet, said: ‘The whole community will be shocked and saddened to hear of this terrible incident.

‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman and child who have died and also with the officers and paramedics who were first to arrive at what was an incredibly challenging scene.’

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