Mother found stabbed to death in busy street

The victim has been named locally as Alison Morrison, who has relatives living in the Havant and Waterlooville area

The victim has been named locally as Alison Morrison, who has relatives living in the Havant and Waterlooville area

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A MURDER probe has been launched after a mother was found stabbed in a busy road.

The victim was found with knife wounds in a busy street in Harrow, west London, just after 7.45am on Thursday and died later that morning in hospital.

The victim has been named locally as 45-year-old Alison Morrison, who has relatives living in the Havant and Waterlooville area.

A 48-year-old man is being held at a north-west London police station on suspicion of murder.

Mrs Morrison’s family in London were too upset to speak last night as police stood outside their home.

Just yards away, forensic experts were searching through bins near the property.

It has been reported that Mrs Morrison, who had a 16-year-old son, was a senior manager at consumer organisation Which? as well as a dedicated volunteer and adviser to charities.

Earlier this year, she joined her local safer neighbourhood board, which aims to cut crime and tackle anti-social behaviour, it has been reported.

It is understood Mrs Morrison’s sister, Julie Brathwaite, rushed from her home in Waterlooville to be with her brother-in-law and nephew last night.

Formal identification has not taken place but officers believe they know the identity of the victim and inquiries are under way to trace next of kin.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner, from the Metropolitan Police’s homicide and major crime command, has appealed for witnesses.

He said: ‘Alexandra Avenue is a busy thoroughfare and I am sure that there will have been people who may have witnessed all or some of the incident who are yet to come forward.

‘I would appeal to anyone who was in the area between 7.30am and 7.50am on Thursday December 18 to contact police.’

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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