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Community ‘shock’ following double killing in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 11:03 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:10 07 September 2015

Police at the scene of a double murder in Cecil Road, Ilford. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Photo: Ken Mears

Police at the scene of a double murder in Cecil Road, Ilford. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Photo: Ken Mears

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Neighbours have expressed their shock following a double killing in their street.

Police attending the scene of a double murder at sheltered housing in Cecil Road, Ilford. Photo: Ken MearsPolice attending the scene of a double murder at sheltered housing in Cecil Road, Ilford. Photo: Ken Mears

Comments come after a man in his 80s and a woman in her 50s were stabbed to death at a sheltered housing complex in Cecil Road, Ilford, on Saturday night.

Police officers were called to Fernways sheltered housing at 10.20pm following reports of an assault.

The man and the woman were found with stab wounds and pronounced dead at the scene around 11pm.

Ash Zaheer, of Cecil Road, said: “It’s sad that this has happened around here. It’s older people living there, they must be very shocked.”

Lloyd Samuels said: “I saw police and ambulance but I didn’t know what was going on. It’s quite shocking that something like this could happen to people of that age.”

Rana Rahman said: “A lot of families will be concerned.”

A resident, who wished not to be named, said: “It’s Ilford, it’s not a nice place.

“It’s like your sitting in your house and people are getting murdered across the street – I was completely oblivious.

“It’s all going down here – it’s a funny old place.”

Paul Mallin, 50, of Cecil Road, has been charged and will appear at Barkingside Magistrates Court today on suspicion of murder.


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