Man arrested following death of woman in Ilford

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman in Redbridge on Sunday.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 02:44am on June 26 to a seriously injured woman found in Cranbrook Road, Ilford.

The woman was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries. She died later on Sunday morning.

A man was arrested at an address in Ilford this afternoon.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, the senior officer responsible for policing in the Met’s East Area, which includes Ilford said: “I can confirm that pending formal identification, we believe the victim to be a local 36-year-old woman named Zara Aleena.

Zara Aleena

“Resources from across the Met are being drawn upon to help us identify whoever is responsible and the investigation is developing quickly.

“Our priority is to catch the perpetrator as soon as possible and for that reason there are some aspects of the investigation I won’t be commenting on in detail.

“Zara, who lived locally, was walking along Cranbrook Road in the direction of Gants Hill Station when she was assaulted.

“A special post mortem has been completed. Zara suffered multiple serious injuries that contributed to her death.

“We know people are concerned and we are determined make our public spaces safer in this area.

“Tackling violence against women and girls is an absolute priority for the Met. Every day our officers are working with partners across the capital to improve safety in our public spaces.

“Women should not have to change their behaviour and should be able to go about their business, feeling safe, any time of day or night. It’s our job to ensure that happens – but officers cannot be in all places at all times.

“I would urge our community, especially women, to report any suspicious or unwanted behaviour and seek help if you feel threatened.

“It is crucial that anyone with information comes forward to police, or calls Crimestoppers anonymously in order to help catch whoever is responsible for this truly shocking act of violence.

“Specifically, we are appealing for anyone who was in the Cranbrook Road area of Ilford between 2am and 3am on Sunday morning to get in touch, including anyone who drove through the area and may have dashcam footage.

“We also want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the wider Ilford area overnight.

“Anyone with information or footage, or any witnesses, are asked to call the major incident room on 0208 345 3715.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

They will never ask your name. They cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use.


Mick Ferris

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