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Bexleyheath stabbing: Sally Hodkin family 'devastated'

Flowers have been left at the location in Bexleyheath where Sally Hodkin was stabbed on Monday
Image caption Sally Hodkin was murdered in Bexleyheath town centre and flowers have been left at the scene

The family of a 59-year-old woman murdered in a street in south-east London on Monday have been left "totally devastated" by her death.

Sally Hodkin was "a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother", her relatives said in a statement. "Our world has been turned upside down."

Nicola Edgington, 31, of Ambedkar House, Flavell Mews, Greenwich, is accused of killing her in Bexleyheath.

She has also been charged with attempting to murder Kerry Clark, 23.

Mrs Hodkin was stabbed in the neck in Bexleyheath Broadway on Monday morning, shortly after Miss Clark was attacked at a bus stop in the town centre.

Watchdog involved

Mrs Hodkin's family said they were "very grateful for the continued support we have received from the public and the Metropolitan Police".

Ms Edgington's case will be heard next at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

A plea and case management hearing has been set for 17 January.

Separately, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed about contact between Scotland Yard officers and Ms Edgington before Monday's murder.

The Metropolitan Police said it had "voluntarily referred" the matter to the police watchdog, but would not comment further.

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