A mother was stabbed to death near a primary school by a man who jumped out of a car and attacked her yesterday afternoon, witnesses told local media.
The victim, in her 30s, was stabbed just yards from Meadow Primary School and London Road and the adjoining Sparrow Farm Road were cordoned off as police investigated.
On Saturday, police confirmed the woman’s children are being provided with care and support after the incident.
The force said in a statement: “A man in his 40s from Epsom, was arrested on suspicion of murder and a man in his 50s from London was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both men remain in custody while investigations continue.”
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.
A witness said he saw the moment two men were apprehended.
Guy Walker told the Standard: “As I got closer I saw two armed police pointing their guns towards a white transit van.
“Police were shouting to get them out and also shouting at bystanders to get back. I retreated and could see the men removed from the vehicle and appear to lay on the ground.
“After about five minutes or so, the police then moved the men into a marked X5 police car. The police then allowed cars and pedestrians to pass. As I walked passed, the white van had been boxed in by two unmarked police X5s front and back.”
Another witness told the Surrey Comet that they saw a man jump from a 4×4 and attack the woman shortly before 3pm on Friday.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said: “This was a tragic incident where sadly a woman lost her life as a result of the injuries she sustained. At this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident, and we do not believe anyone else was injured. The coroner has been informed.
“The victims children are being provided with the support and immediate care they need at this difficult time.
“A cordon has been in place overnight, and will remain for a number of hours to allow crime scene investigators to gather evidence. The road will therefore remain closed, and we thank the public for their patience and support while we carry out our investigations.
“We have carried out house to house enquiries and have already spoken to multiple witnesses who have come forward. If you witnessed the incident and have not already spoken to us, please come forward.
“I would also ask that anyone who was in the area and travelling in a vehicle with dash cam or helmet footage that you review it in case you have anything that can help us piece together a timeline of what led to this tragic death.”
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.”
Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) quoting reference PR/45190014238.
You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.