Police make 'significant' arrest over London teacher's death - GulfToday

Police make 'significant' arrest over London teacher's death


Sabina Nessa poses for a photograph during her graduation ceremony in London. File / AP

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Police said on Sunday they have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher killed as she walked in a London park last week.

Nessa’s death — as she went to meet a friend a few minutes from her home — has fueled concerns that women aren’t safe on the streets of Britain’s capital.

The Metropolitan Police force said a 38-year-old man was arrested overnight in southern England. Two other men have previously been detained and then released under investigation.

Nessa’s family have been informed of this “significant development,” the Metropolitan Police said.

Sabina-sisterJebina Nessa pays tribute to her sister during a vigil for Sabina Nessa. AFP

Police had earlier released closed-circuit TV footage of a man who was seen along Nessa’s route on the night she was killed, asking anyone who recognised him to contact them immediately.

Nessa, 28, was found dead in Kidbrooke, southeast London, on Sept.17.

Detectives believe she was attacked during what should have been a five-minute walk to meet a friend at a nearby club.

Sabina-VigalWell-wishers light candles amidst floral tributes during a vigil for Sabina Nessa in London. AFP

Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil for Nessa on Friday evening, demanding an end to violence against women. "This feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it. Our world is shattered, we are simply lost for words,” Nessa’s sister, Jebina Yasmin Islam, told the crowd. "No family should go through what we are going through.”

Nessa’s death came six months after the abduction, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in south London by a serving police officer.

VigilforSabina People line up to place candles during a vigil for Sabina Nessa. AP

The Everard case shocked the country and saw thousands take to the streets to denounce violence against women.

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