Police have confirmed that the death of a woman in Luton last night is being treated as murder.
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Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop, senior investigating officer, said: “We are treating the woman’s death as murder and it’s therefore of the utmost importance that anyone with information that could help our investigation gets in touch immediately.
“We are following a number of lines of inquiry and are keeping an open mind as to what led to this tragic incident.”
The woman is believed to be a mother of four young children.
Neighbours claimed the woman, who is believed to be 34, suffered a stab wound to the neck and she was seen on the floor surrounded by a pool of blood.
Emergency services were called to Overstone Road at around 11.30pm on Monday to reports a woman had suffered serious injuries.
A nearby neighbour, Nousheen Dar, claims the woman had been stabbed in the neck and was surrounded by a pool of blood.
Mrs Dar, a mother-of-four, was woken up late on Monday night after family members of the woman were in the road screaming out for help.
She said: “I remember I heard all this noise, I think it was her mum and sister screaming and crying in the street.
“I looked out the window for a few minutes and they were waiting for an ambulance so I woke my husband to see what was going on and if we could help.
“There were a number of neighbours in the street and as soon as we got outside the ambulance turned up.
“I didn’t really know what was going on at the time and the paramedics asked us to move away.
“But I did see that she was on the floor in the doorway and there was a lot of blood around her.
“It was horrible and I don’t know why it has happened. It seems so random. At the time everyone was just in shock.
“Her sister was going mad asking for the paramedics to help her, but they said they couldn’t do anything and they had to leave her how she was as it was a crime scene.
“Her neck was cut so it was a big shock.”
The victim is believed to be a mother-of-four young children with ages ranging from one to seven-years-old.
Mrs Dar, 34, added: “As soon as we got outside I could see her husband and her father driving back in their car and just after them the ambulance arrived also.”
Neighbours claim the woman lives with her husband, siblings and parents in their semi-detached property.
Mrs Dar, a stay at home mum, said the family are lovely and caring and she has known them for around seven years.
She added: “I am close with the family because we have been neighbours for a while.
“They are a very caring family and are just lovely people, her husband is lovely too.
“It is very scary when something like this happens so close to home. I am very scared.
Nousheen said she believes the woman who died was a carer and her husband is a taxi driver.
Her husband Iram, 48, added: “The family are very caring people and they are always playing with their children.
“My wife is very scared and I am very scared now. I do not understand why this has happened.”
Sadly the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bedfordshire Police confirmed they were treating the incident as suspicious.
A spokeswoman said: “Bedfordshire Police was called by the ambulance service shortly after 11.30pm yesterday (Monday) to Overstone Road, Luton, where a woman had suffered serious injuries.
“The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are treating the incident as suspicious.
“The area remains cordoned off to allow further enquiries to take place.
“Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Major Crime Unit on 101.”
The East of England Ambulance service attended the scene after they received reports of a woman who was unconscious and not breathing.
A spokesman added: “A rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew and ambulance officer attended.
“Sadly, the patient died at the scene.”