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Luton murder inquiry after woman's death in Overstone Road

Police tent at house in Overstone Road Image copyright sbna
Image caption A police forensics team are at a house in Overstone Road

A 34-year-old woman's death at a house in Luton is being treated as murder, detectives have said.

Police were called to Overstone Road just after 23:30 BST on Monday. The woman, named locally as care worker Saima Khan, suffered serious injuries.

Ms Khan, who neighbours said was a mother of four young children, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from the Major Crime Unit are at the scene and the area has been cordoned off.

Live: More updates from Overstone Road in Luton

Police have said they have several lines of inquiry and have not commented on unconfirmed reports that the woman was attacked during a burglary.

One resident, who didn't want to be identified, said: "The first I knew that something was wrong was when I heard [relatives] screaming in the street."

Others reported hearing shouting and swearing on Monday night and said the victim was found in a hallway.

Image caption Police carried out finger-tip search

Neighbour and former councillor, Khtija Malik, who has lived in the area for 24 years, described the victim as "a very quiet lady" who would wave to her as she walked and drove along the street, although she "doesn't know the family personally".

Neighbours said the family had moved from Holland to the UK about seven years ago.

Image caption Neighbour Khtija Malik said she knew the woman in passing

Jo Black, BBC News

I've been speaking to neighbours including former Labour councillor Khtija Malik who told me there were rumours circulating that the woman was attacked during a "botched burglary" while her family was at a funeral.

Police will neither confirm nor deny this, and have said speculation on social media is "hurtful" to the family.

I've also been told there has been a spate of burglaries in the Challney area recently and cars have also been vandalised.

Det Ch Insp Adam Gallop of Bedfordshire Police said: "We are treating the woman's death as murder and it's therefore of the utmost importance that anyone with information that could help our investigation gets in touch immediately.

"We are following a number of lines of inquiry and are keeping an open mind as to what led to this tragic incident."

A police tent has been erected in the front garden and nearby Atherstone Road, which runs parallel to Overstone Road, has also been cordoned off as police carry out their inquiries.

Image caption Police have cordoned off Overstone Road in Luton

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