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Man held after elderly woman dies in suspected burglary

Valiant House in Charlton, south east London
The woman's body was found at her flat

A man in his 20s has been arrested after an elderly woman was stabbed to death in her south-east London home during a suspected burglary.

The woman, believed to be in her late 80s, was found with multiple stab wounds in her flat in Sam Bartram Close, Charlton, on Saturday morning.

Scotland Yard said her next of kin had been informed and formal identification would take place later.

Police believe she was killed in a burglary which "escalated" into murder.

Det Ch Insp Cliff Lyons said: "This is a violent attack resulting in the death of an elderly lady in her own home.

"I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact the police immediately."

The Metropolitan Police said a murder investigation had been started and an incident room had been set up at Lewisham police station.

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