Clerkenwell: Manhunt launched in murder investigation into death of 19-year-old student in central London | UK News


Police have named a man they want to find following the murder of a young woman in student flats in central London.

Maher Maaroufe, 22, is wanted after detectives opened an investigation into the death of the 19-year-old student at a residential property in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell.

The Metropolitan Police said he was known to travel across London and also Cambridgeshire.

Police at the scene in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell, London

Police said anyone who sees Mr Maaroufe should not approach him, but should call 999 immediately.

The victim was seriously injured in the neck

Officers had been called around 5.10am on Saturday to report that a woman had been injured at Arbor House, a student accommodation.

The woman had suffered serious neck injuries and although she was treated by emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Detective Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said police believed the victim was studying at City, University of London.

Sky News understands that she was a first-year overseas student believed to be from the Middle East.

DCI Bradley said: “Early indications so far suggest the victim had had a relationship with Maaroufe and that they were together that night.

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

“People are very scared”

Student Angelina Miats, 19, who lives on the second floor of Arbor House, said earlier on Saturday: ‘I was woken up around 8am by police knocking on my door. They wanted to search my door. room, but would not tell me what had happened.

“People are very scared because of what happened, and I don’t feel safe. I’m not sure I want to stay in the building anymore.”

Angelina, a business management student at the same university, said: ‘The block is normally very secure and anyone who does not live there must be allowed in.

Officers were seen outside a student apartment building, which was cordoned off.


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