Man arrested as police release picture of mother stabbed to death while children were at school

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a mother-of-two was stabbed to death while her children were at school.

Police have released a picture of the victim of the attack in Bethnal Green, east London, who has been named as 40-year-old Yasmin Begum.

Scotland Yard said a 40-year-old suspect was detained on Sunday in Stratford and remains in custody.

Officers were called to Globe Road, shortly after 4pm on Thursday, 24 March, following school staff raising the alarm when Ms Begum did not arrive to pick up her children.

The mother was found with stab injuries and despite the efforts of the emergency services was declared dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Saturday established the cause of death as multiple sharp force injuries, police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, who is leading the investigation, said: “My thoughts are with Yasmin’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

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“I want to reassure them that we are working around the clock to get them the answers they deserve.

“It is heart-breaking that yet another woman has been killed.

“All women and girls have the right to feel safe, at any time, day or night, in public or at home, and we will do everything we can to find those responsible for this.

“Tackling violence against woman is one of the Met’s top priorities.

“Police officers, including forensic specialists, remain at the scene.

“We will continue to carry out door-to-door inquiries and local people will also see additional police in the area.

“We are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with any information, to contact us.

“No matter how insignificant you think your information might be, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. It could be key to this investigation.”

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