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Five-year-old girl is found 'murdered' in London

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Police have arrested a woman on suspicion of murder after a five-year-old girl was found dead in a top-floor flat in a tree-lined Ealing road.

The 31-year-old woman, who is known to the victim, was taken away by officers after emergency services were called to the property in Leyborne Avenue at 12.56pm on Tuesday following concerns for the welfare of the occupants.

Police and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service found the body of the girl inside the property, located in the Northfields area of Ealing.

Despite their efforts, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A horrified neighbour described the victim as 'a lovely little girl' who was 'always well dressed and looked after'. 

A witness said she saw a couple being questioned outside the house where the girl's body was found.

The area is popular with young families due to being close to Fielding Primary School and Elthorne Park High School, which have both been rated 'outstanding' by the education watchdog Ofsted.

Homes in the immediate area range from £800,000 up to around £1million. 

Police said a 31-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a five-year-old girl was found dead in Ealing

Despite efforts from paramedics and police, the five-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene 

A woman who lives next door, but did not want to be named, said: 'I've known the family for about three years - the mother is from the Czech Republic and he is from Jamaica.

'She was friendly with me and they were always good to me.

'I'm so shocked because she was such a lovely little girl. She was shy and didn't always answer me.

'Her mother never had a cross word with her daughter and always spoke to her in a friendly way. She was always well dressed and looked after from what I could see.

'When I saw them last year, they always seemed friendly. Her husband's mother came and stayed with them during lockdown.

'She told me that her husband and her used to argue sometimes, but that was a long time ago.

'Once I was taking the rubbish out and I heard them having a bad argument.

'I didn't understand what they were saying, but they were speaking very loudly.

'But even though they rowed a lot, they always seemed to make up.

'You know children don't understand, but they know what's going on.

'They were good neighbours, but I guess you never know.' 

Police were called to the property at 12.56pm on Tuesday after concerns for the occupants inside 

Lorraine Clifford, 48, from Hanwell said: 'I'm a carer and saw four police cars pull up and two ambulances.

'I thought, there must be a body in there because I saw the forensics. It's just so sad because it's a child.

'The police were questioning what I guess was the parents on the wall.

'It didn't seem like the police were angry or anything like that. It just seemed like they were separating them and caring for them.'

Hiba Alsumaidaee, 38, said: 'I've lived here for more than a year now and yesterday I saw many, many police and two ambulance cars.

'There were were around 15 officers standing outside the house.

'There were two people sitting on the wall waiting for something.

'I don't really have a close relationship with many of my neighbours.'

Another resident, a few doors down, said: 'I've lived here for over 40 years so I probably passed them on the street and said good morning, but I wouldn't recognise them.' 

Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.

A Met Police spokesman said: 'Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. Despite their efforts, a five-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

'Her next of kin are have been informed. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

'A 31-year-old woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. She has been taken into custody.

'The girl and woman were known to each other.'

Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.

The house is located in the Northfields area of Ealing, west London 

The property is located in Leyborne Avenue, Ealing, close to Lammas Park and Ealing Croquet Club

Police said enquiries continue. 

The property is located on a road where house prices average more than £800,000, according to RightMove. 

It is situated close to Lammas Park, Walpole Park and Ealing Croquet Club. It is also near two churches, Ealing Studios and the University of West London.

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