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Clerkenwell ‘murder’: Student fears after lady, 19, killed in London halls of residence

Students woke as much as the sound of police “banging on doors” after a lady was killed in a halls of residence in Clerkenwell, central London, studies say.

A homicide investigation was launched after the lady, 19, died on Saturday in Arbour House, a personal halls on Sebastian Street by City, University of London.

Metropolitan Police officers had been referred to as to the scholar dwellings round 5.10am to studies of a lady “seriously injured”.

Officers and paramedics attended. Attempts had been made to save lots of the lady however she was finally pronounced lifeless on the scene.

Students residing in the 180-room block instructed native information web site stated they had been scared for his or her security after the incident.

One resident, a 19-year-old finance scholar who didn’t wish to be named, stated the constructing had lax safety which solely ran from 12-8pm on weekdays.

The scholar added: “I saw the police in the morning and there were helicopters.

“I am completely shocked and obviously traumatised.”

Police arrange cordon exterior scholar halls on Sebastian Street


Another scholar instructed native information web site My London: “I woke up with the cops knocking on my door. I went on a group chat and everyone had a knock as well.

“We’re probably going to ask for more security measures. I hope its the first and last time it happens.”

Leona Sigmud, 20, a neighbour of the lady who was killed stated: “She was a normal student … I saw her in the hallways but I never really spoke to her.

“Of course she was nice and was never rude. I didn’t know her personally.”

The lady was stated to reside on the sixth ground. Arsh Srivastara, a 21-year-old business scholar, stated: “At around 5.45am I heard a voice that sounded like a grown man.

“I heard the fire alarm go off and I heard someone running out of a back ground floor exit near where I live.”

The scholar added: “After that the police showed up around half an hour later. They have been investigating ever since.

“I heard them talking about someone trying to escape through the hallway door.”

Flowers had been laid exterior Arbour House


Unite Students, which runs Arbour House, stated it was working with the Met and City, University of London.

A spokesperson for the college stated: “As a university, we will do everything we can to support our students and staff and we will continue to fully support the police with their investigation.”

Police and forensic investigators remained on the scene. Officers had been working to tell the lady’s household.

Chief Inspector Adam Instone stated: “I know there will be great sadness and deep concern among the local people and the student community.

“I share that sadness and concern and I can assure them that a thorough homicide investigation is under way, led by skilled and experienced detectives who will work tirelessly to identify and arrest whoever is responsible.”

Witnesses or any folks with data are urged to contact police on 020 8358 1010, name 101 or tweet MetCC and quote CAD1252/19March.

Information may be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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