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Police probe murder of three women in London amid fears domestic violence is soaring during lockdown

Police are probing the murder of three women in London in just two weeks - amid fears domestic violence is soaring during the coronavirus lockdown. 

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the latest victim, who has not been named, was found dead at home, according to police.

Officers were called to a flat on Plevna Road in Enfield, north London, just after 6pm yesterday evening following concerns for the woman's safety.

Police attending the scene on Plevna Road in Enfield, north London, last night. A woman, who has not been named, was found dead at home, according to police

A Met Police spokesman said: 'Officers and paramedics attended and found a woman inside a flat with serious injuries.

'She was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem will take place in due course. 

Kelly Stewart (pictured), 41, was found dead in Plaistow, east London, on March 26

'A crime scene is in place. Enquiries continue.' 

He said the man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody. 

Enfield MPS also tweeted: 'Police were called to an address on Plevna Road, Enfield, N9 at 18:04hrs on Monday, 6 April to a report of a concern for safety. 

'Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a woman inside a flat with serious injuries; she was pronounced dead at the scene.'

It comes as calls to the domestic abuse helpline have soared as victims are trapped with abusive partners during the lockdown.

The charity Refuge, which runs a freephone helpline 24/7, has seen a 25 per cent increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown.

Police and forensics officers on the scene on Dorset Road in Stockwell, south London, where Sonia Calvi, 56, and 59-year-old Edgar Daza were found stabbed to death on April 1

Meanwhile, the victims' commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, has called on the government to find extra funding for the sector to support victims and announce a strategy as it's 'another epidemic alongside Covid-19'.

Kelly Stewart, 41, was found battered to death in a churchyard in Plaistow, east London, on March 26. A 21-year-old local man has been charged with murder.

Sonia Calvi, 56, was found stabbed to death along with 59-year-old Edgar Daza at a flat in Stockwell, south London, on April 1. A 44-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder.

A total of seven women have been murdered in London this year. 

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