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100th London Murder as UK Capital Set For Record Number of Killings

London murder rate hits 100: Homicides in capital soar to triple figures for 2018 as police discover pensioner, 73, found dead after house fire had been assaulted

  • Violence has soared in the capital this year, with a surge in the number of shootings and stabbings
  • It is thought the homicide toll has now reached 100 after a woman was found dead following a house fire
  • Pensioner whose is thought to have been attacked beforehand, prompting Met to launch a murder probe
  • Neighbors of the says latest woman killed say she had a habit of letting people into her semi-detached home 

Police launched the latest in an ever-rising number of murder probes after 73-year-old Carole Harrison was found dead in her house in Teddington in the south west of the capital.

Following a fire in the early hours of Wednesday, a post-mortem failed to establish Mrs Harrison’s cause of death, but police say she had suffered injuries ‘consistent with an assault’ before the fire.

With the death toll reaching 100 before September begins, 2018 is on course to see a higher number of homicides than the 116 recorded in 2017.

 A total of 100 people have been killed in the capital this year as crime rates soar. Pensioner Carole Harrison is believed to be the 100th homicide victim after she was found dead at her home this week

The investigation into Mrs Harrison’s death is the sixth murder inquiry launched in London in a week and the tenth this month.

In what has become an all too familiar sight for Londoners, her home in Teddington was taped off this morning, as forensics experts scoured the scene for evidence.

Neighbours said they heard an ‘explosion’ before seeing a firefighter carry Mrs Harrisons’s body out and one of her sons arrive at the scene.

Neighbour Flo Osmond, 75, said of Mrs Harrison: ‘She got this habit of inviting people in that she didn’t know, she really did not know what she was doing. There was somebody cycling around outside on the day at lunch time.

‘She had three sons, two daughters. She was a grandmother. We all really cared for her. ‘

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