A young woman discovered killed outside her home had been stabbed and then ‘run over to make sure she was dead’.
The 25-year-old – whose identity is not known – was found seriously injured in Tamworth, Staffs, in the early hours of this morning.
Nothing could be done to save her and a man, initially taken for medical treatment from the scene, has now been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A neighbour to the property said: ‘It’s awful, a woman’s been killed who had her whole life ahead of her.
‘No one knows who they are. I think they only moved in a month and a half ago. Those houses were only finished in the first lockdown.
‘I know that a lady was meant to move into one today, but couldn’t because that woman’s body was lying on the doorstep next door. I think the whole estate has been rocked by it.
‘After we were all woken up by the blue lights, I saw the man get into an ambulance with cuffs on. I couldn’t see anything wrong with him.
‘A neighbour who knows about it told me the man stabbed her then drove over her several times to make sure she was dead.
‘I saw his car being taken away this morning. Our thoughts are with the family and that they get justice. It’s a tragic loss of such a young life.’
Forensic teams are at the victim’s house collecting evidence after the early morning murder
Police were called to the quiet street just after 1am to reports of an assault in in progress
Around 20 bunches of flowers were left at the scene and a blue police tent was stretched across the front door of the house she shared with her boyfriend.
The two-bedroom, new build property sits at the end of a cul-de-sac which is part of Dunstall Park, a sprawling estate next to the Ventura Park retail park in Tamworth.
A 25-year-old mother of two who lives nearby said: ‘I heard shouting at about 1am on Friday morning. It was a man’s voice. I thought it was the builders who keep working around here until all hours.
‘The next I knew was when my partner who works as a security guard came back at 6am and said they had found a dead body in the road.
‘Everyone around here is new. They had moved in about a week or two ago. I had not introduced myself to them properly but they just seemed like a lovely couple.
One office can be seen placing an item of interest into an evidence bag at the murder scene
‘They were both white and had no children. She was about my age and he looked a bit older probably because he had a beard.’
She said that police had posted questionnaires about the incident through everyone’s doors.
‘It is frightening to have something like this on your doorstep. I have kids and my partner works nights.’
It said that they were investigating a murder and asked if anyone had seen or heard anything and whether anyone had CCTV of the area.
Another neighbour said: ‘The first I knew what had happened was when I got up to go to work at 6am. There were police and forensics officers everywhere and I was told that I was in a crime scene and that I should stay inside. I have never met the couple.’
The house next door to the scene was unoccupied until yesterday.
The couple who moved in said: ‘We moved in yesterday with a murder scene next door and police all over the place. We know nothing. We just hope it’s not a bad omen.’
None of the bunches of flowers were personalised and police had no further updates.
A man is currently being treated in hospital after being found injured by 999 crews nearby
Staffordshire Police confirmed: ‘A murder investigation has been launched after a woman died in Tamworth.
‘At 1.25am this morning, police were called to reports that a 25-year-old woman had been seriously injured.
‘Despite the best efforts of emergency services staff, the woman sadly died at the scene.
‘A man, from Tamworth, is currently in hospital receiving treatment. The woman’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers.
The police are expecting to be at the house for the rest of the day piecing together the attack
‘Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police.’
Forensic officers were today inside the woman’s home collecting clues to piece together what had happened to her.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had been contacted by the police just after 1.37am to reports of an assault.
A spokesman said: ‘We sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT emergency doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.
‘On arrival, crews found a woman with life threatening injuries and worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the patient.
‘Sadly, despite best efforts nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
‘A second patient, a man, was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital for further assessment.’