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Cheam stabbing: Woman knifed to death by man who jumped out of car and attacked her in residential street just yards from primary school

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A woman has been stabbed to death by a man who jumped out of a car and attacked her in a residential street just yards from a primary school. 

Surrey Police said officers responded to reports of an attack on a woman in London Road near Cheam on Friday afternoon.

The victim was stabbed just yards from Meadow Primary School and London Road and the adjoining Sparrow Farm Road were cordoned off as police investigated.

Medics fought to save the woman after she was attacked at about 3pm but she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The force said in a statement: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder while a second man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. These arrests did not happen at the scene.”

Witnesses said the air ambulance landed in the quiet street near the school. A local councillor Drew Heffernan had tweeted that the woman had been attacked with a knife.

The area where the attack took place is a village on the south-west London and Surrey border. 

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said: “This was a tragic and shocking incident in which a woman has lost her life after being attacked in broad daylight. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this time.

“At this stage we believe the victim and suspect are known to each other. We realise there will be a number of questions about what has happened which we will try to answer when we can and would ask the public not to speculate.

“We have a number of officers in the area to both investigate and support the community following this attack which we believe would have been witnessed by a number of people.

“If you did witness what happened and haven’t already spoken to officers, or may have dashcam footage I would urge you to do so immediately, by calling 101 and quoting the reference number PR/P19030779.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 3:01pm today (8 February) to London Road, Ewell to reports of an incident.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene: an advanced paramedic, an incident response officer, a medic in a response car and an ambulance crew. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.

“Sadly, despite the efforts of medics, a person died at the scene.”

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