A blue Renault Clio that crashed into a wall is being inspected
Police have launched an urgent investigation into the deaths of a woman and a man in west London.
Officers were called at 9am on Monday (24 January) to reports of a stabbing on Chippenham Road, in the Maida Vale area.
The woman was found with stab injuries, and the man – who had been hit by a car – was found in the same location.
The two people were both pronounced dead at the scene.
A blue Renault Clio had collided with the wall of St Peter’s Church on Chippenham Road. Forensic officers are inspecting the vehicle.
As well as police officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the incident.
A spokesperson for the ambulance service has said: “We sent a number of resources to the scene, including two ambulance crews, two clinical team leaders, an advanced paramedic, two tactical response units, a medic in a car, an incident response officer, and members of our hazardous area response team.
“We also dispatched by road London’s Air Ambulance.”
“Despite our medics’ efforts, two people died at the scene.”
Police are working to inform their families, and post-mortem examinations will be arranged in due course.
There has been no arrests so far, and police are making enquiries to establish what had happened.
Officers have said that the incident poses no wider threat to the local community.
Det Ch Insp Smithson said: “This morning an incredibly serious incident has unfolded in the Westminster area, which has seen two people pronounced dead.
“Our officers are on scene and are working to establish exactly what has happened.
“As soon as we have more information we will keep the public updated but for now we must avoid speculation and allow investigators to do their work.
“What I can say at this time is that the incident is contained.
“We have spoken to a number of people already – but anyone else who witnessed the incident, or who has information that could help us, is urged to make contact immediately.”
Karen Buck, Labour MP for Westminster North, urged anyone with information relevant to the “horrific” incident to get in touch with police.
Cllr Tim Roca, for the Harrow Road ward, said on Twitter: “Just hearing about the tragic events on Chippenham road this morning.
“Absolutely awful news and fair to say the community is in shock.
“Police are keeping local councillors updated.”
Chippenham Road, as well as the intersecting Elgin Avenue, are closed and buses serving those routes have been diverted.
Witnesses are asked to call police on 101, citing the reference 1496/24jan. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers.