A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was discovered stabbed to death at a home in Hemel Hempstead.
Detectives are investigating the murder of the 37-year-old woman – a wife and mother-of-two – at the house in Dunlin Road, Grovehill, last night (Monday, September 14).
Herts Police were initially called at 10.30pm to reports of a man acting suspiciously in the area.
Officers attended and spoke with a man they had found in the street.
A second member of the public called police at 11.30pm to report their home had been broken into in the same street.
While officers were at this address, they heard a disturbance at a property next door and attended immediately.
Officers found the victim had been stabbed and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 23-year-old-man from Hemel Hempstead was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after.
Officers also searched the surrounding area and a second man, who is 19 years old and from Hemel Hempstead, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.
Both men remain in custody for questioning at this time.
A referral is being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit is investigating and said: “This is an extremely shocking murder in which a young mother has lost her life.
“Our thoughts are with her children, husband and wider family at this tragic time. “The family are being fully supported by specially trained officers.
“Understandably the wider community may also be concerned about the events of last night however I would like to reassure you that incidents such as these are extremely unusual in Hertfordshire.
“I would like to assure you we have a dedicated team of officers and staff working to investigate the full circumstances of what has happened.
“Both houses in Dunlin Road remain cordoned off at this time to allow specialist investigations to take place.
“Residents will see officers both in high visibility clothing and plain clothed detectives making inquiries and offering reassurance.
“I would urge anyone who has any information about the incidents which occurred last night to police contact Herts Police immediately.
“I would also like to appeal to anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious in the area to also please contact police if you haven’t done so already.”
Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 01707 355666 or the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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