A woman’s body was discovered in a bin in North London by a caretaker, as reported by concerned locals. The incident occurred on Granville Road in Golders Green, an area currently undergoing construction. The police were alerted to the situation just before 9am on Thursday. The death is being treated as unexpected and unexplained. According to one witness, the woman’s body was visible from his ninth-floor flat and remained next to a tipped-over bin for several hours while the police conducted their investigation. The witness, Azmat Khan, described the woman as having brown hair and not being black, suggesting she could have been of Asian or European descent. Other residents confirmed that the caretaker was the one who made the discovery. Mr. Khan, who returned from dropping his children off at school around 8:45am, stated that he did not notice anything unusual at the time. He mentioned that he saw the woman’s long, dark black hair from the top and believed she was not of African descent. He also mentioned that when he returned later in the evening, he still did not notice anything abnormal. Another resident who went to drop off his children at school in the morning also did not observe anything out of the ordinary. Mr. Khan speculated that the incident likely occurred the previous day and went unnoticed by residents. He mentioned that he expected to see blood if the woman had been stabbed, but there were no signs of any abnormalities.Yesterday, I was very concerned because I have a small child and often need to pick them up. The officers informed me that the deceased person was not a child, which was surprising because we had assumed it was. There was a pink rucksack that was left outside the bin for several hours, along with the body. I could see the body from my flat until 2pm, and when I returned at 5pm, it had been covered. This caused me a lot of stress as I could only see the hair and wished they would inform us if the person was from our building. The caretaker called the police.
Another resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, stated that the police had not confirmed whether the woman lived in the nearby block of flats. Like Mr. Khan, she also mentioned the presence of a pink rucksack by the bin and expressed concern over the lack of information provided by the police. The pink rucksack remained there all day.
Referring to the pink bag, another unnamed woman mentioned that some personal items were left there. A mother of two living in the Harpenmead Point flatblock believed that whoever left the woman there must be familiar with the area due to access points being closed at times because of building works. She noticed that one of the bins was lying on its side and clarified that if it was a metal bin, it was not for recycling but a communal bin accessible to everyone. She expressed concern about the increased foot traffic in the area due to the ongoing construction and advised her 10-year-old son not to go out after dark. Her other son, who is autistic, had questions about the situation. She also mentioned that with the building works, there are people who know the area well enough to park, dump a body, and walk away without any obstacles. Access through Mortimer Close is known to those familiar with the area.The area used to be closed up, but that is not the case anymore.
In my opinion, someone familiar with the area knows it well. The cameras in the area have not been working for years, and we have been requesting CCTV.
There has been an increase in people coming and going as they please since the building works started. This was not a common occurrence before.
I believe that someone recently discovered this and had quick access to the communal bins. I don’t think it was an opportunistic act.
According to some neighbors, they saw the body in a tipped-over bin. They described the person as a young, slight woman. They were able to see this from their apartment window.
The police are treating the death as unexpected and unexplained. Investigations are ongoing.
I have lived here for 24 years and have experienced a few minor incidents, but nothing as serious as this. This area is generally considered safe, so it is even more shocking to hear about what happened. This is Golders Green!
We have a close-knit community here, and we mostly know each other. There aren’t many outsiders who hang around in this area.
What happened has deeply worried me, and I am concerned for the safety of my children as well.
The Metropolitan Police were called to Granville Road at 8.59am on Thursday after a member of the public reported finding the body of a woman. The police and London Ambulance Service responded, and the woman was confirmed to be deceased. A crime scene has been established.
The police are treating the death as unexpected and unexplained, and their investigations are ongoing.
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