A woman stabbed to death in a brutal attack near her home had been in a ‘year-long row over a parking space.’
The victim, named locally as mother-of-one Alison Morrison, 45, was found dead in Harrow after being attacked by a man thought to have been carrying a huge knife.
Morrison, who moved to south Harrow three years ago, was vice chair of the Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board established in order to ensure local people are involved in addressing crime.
In her profile she wrote: “I live in South Harrow and moved here in 2011.
“I have been involved in a number of boards, both during my working career and in a voluntary capacity.
“I undertake a variety of voluntary roles, including as a Neighbourhood Champion and as an Independent Custody Visitor.
“Married with a teenage son, I also work full-time.”
Neighbours at the woman’s home in Windsor Crescent said she was involved in a heated and lengthy dispute with over parking.
One man, who would not be named, said: “It has been going on for a couple of years.
“One had set up CCTV cameras and the other had a security light that seemed to be bothering them.
“Then the road go re-paved and there was an argument about the shared driveway and who could park where.
“One of them would park their car in a way that agitated the other.
“I never saw them rowing in the street but everyone was aware of it because they used to speak to each other but now they don’t.
“Things seemed to have eased and I thought it was resolved.”
The neighbours shared a driveway between two pairs of semi-detached 1940s homes in the quiet cul-de-sac.
Another neighbour said: “It was all to do with the shared drive. The road and pavement was replaced and the curb wasn’t dropped – I think it was something to do with access.
“Last year or the early part of this year I saw them outside talking about it but they weren’t shouting and arguing, just talking.”
Tonight police are guarding the scene outside the two homes, one of which remains cordoned off by tape.
An alleyway runs between them and forensics officers were seen emerging from the rear of one of the properties this evening.
Police were called at 7.45am this morning to reports of a woman collapsing from knife wounds in Harrow, west London.
The victim, aged in her 40s, was taken by London Ambulance Service to St Mary’s Hospital, where she died of her injuries just before midday.
A man in his 40s has been arrested in connection with the murder.
Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident, in Alexandra Avenue, are ongoing.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner, who is leading the investigation, has appealed for witnesses to come forward.
He said: “Alexandra Avenue is a busy thoroughfare and I am sure that there will have been people who may have witnessed all or some of the incident who are yet to come forward.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area between 7.30am and 7.50am this morning to contact police.”
Any witnesses with information should call the incident room on 0208 358 0200 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.