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Luton driver stabbing: Victim is named

Floral tributes at the scene
Image caption Mary Evans was attacked in Trent Road, Luton, at about 15:00 GMT on Monday

A woman who was stabbed to death at the wheel of her car has been named by police.

Mary Evans, 70, known as May, was attacked in Trent Road, Luton, at about 15:00 GMT on Monday. She was treated by paramedics but died soon afterwards.

Police said she had remarried six weeks ago, changing her surname from Olloman.

A man in his 50s, who was known to Mrs Evans, was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to Luton Police Station where he remains in custody.

Mrs Evans lived nearby in Liddel Close.

Bunches of flowers, a teddy bear and cards were left at the scene of the attack.

'A defenceless woman'

Members of Mrs Evans' family visited the floral tributes, but were too upset to talk.

Det Ch Insp Jonathan Hutchinson, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said family liaison officers were supporting them.

"This was a terribly distressing attack on a defenceless woman who had recently married and should have been enjoying life with her family," he said.

"We are in the process of trying to piece together exactly what happened prior to the stabbing and although we have arrested a man in connection with this incident, this inquiry is not solved and we do want to hear from anyone else who can help with information about what happened."

He said people who had been walking or driving along Trent Road just before or after the attack may have seen something unusual.

"You may have already dismissed this information as insignificant or thought that the arrest of a person made it less important to us," he said.

"Please don't assume that someone else has told us, or that we already know."

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