London News: Urgent search for 22-year-old man after murder of 19-year-old woman in student halls | United Kingdom | News

The woman, believed to be a student at City, University of London, died in student accommodation yesterday. Officers were called to Arbor House in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell at around 5.10am on Saturday to reports that a woman suffered serious neck injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A murder investigation has been opened to establish the circumstances of his death.

The man, identified by the Metropolitan Police as 22-year-old Maher Maaroufe, is said to have had a relationship with the victim.

He is known to have connections across London and also travel to Cambridgeshire.

Police advised the public to call 999 if they see Mr Maaroufe, but not to approach him.

Chief Detective Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said: “The woman’s family have been notified and will be supported by specialist officers in the days and months ahead.

“My thoughts and those of my team are with them at this terribly difficult time.

“We believe the victim is a student studying at City, University of London.

“Early indications so far suggest that the victim had had a relationship with Maaroufe and that they were together that evening.

“Urgent investigations to locate Maaroufe are underway and I urge him to go to the police station immediately.

“Anyone who has information that can help the police should do the right thing and please call us now.”

Chief Inspector Adam Instone, of the North Central Command Unit, said: “Arbor House is student accommodation, and I know there will be great sadness and concern among the local population and the student community.

“I share their sadness and concerns.

“And I can assure them that a thorough investigation into the homicide is underway, led by qualified and experienced detectives who will work tirelessly to identify and apprehend the person responsible.”

He added: “Tackling violent crime is the Met’s top priority.

“Police, including medical examiners, remain at the scene.

“Local people will also see additional police in the area.

“If you have any concerns about safety in and around Clerkenwell, please speak to these officers.”

Brandon D. James