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Harrow woman may have been murdered in 'parking row'

Alexandra Avenue, Harrow Image copyright Google Maps
Image caption The woman was attacked in the street at about 07:45 GMT on Thursday

A woman fatally stabbed in a north-west London street may have been attacked in a row over parking, it has emerged.

Alison Morrison, 45, was attacked in Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, on Thursday morning and died in hospital.

Scotland Yard said it was looking into numerous lines of inquiry, including a neighbour dispute.

A man, 48, was arrested in connection with her suspected murder. Mrs Morrison was vice-chair of the area's Safer Neighbourhood Board.

Det Ch Insp Matt Bonner said: "Alexandra Avenue is a busy thoroughfare and I am sure that there will have been people who may have witnessed all or some of the incident who are yet to come forward."

'Community champion'

Mrs Morrison worked as head of customer experience at the consumer organisation Which?.

In a statement, chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: "Alison was a hugely popular member of staff and her sudden death has come as a great shock to us all.

"Our thoughts are with Alison's husband, son and family at this terrible time, and we will be doing all we can to support them."

She also worked on the Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board and as a community champion

'Lovely and inspiring'

David Perry, leader of Harrow Council, said: "Alison Morrison was passionately committed to creating a safer Harrow... and it is terrible news that she has lost her life in this violent way in a borough she cared so much about.

"Alison's colleagues on the Safer Neighbourhood Board are absolutely shattered by this news, as are the staff of Harrow Council."

Ch Supt Simon Ovens, Borough Commander for Harrow added he had worked with Mrs Morrison and she was "held in high regard locally, and truly cared about the borough".

Claire Hawk, director of human resources at the English National Ballet, tweeted: "So shocked about Alison Morrison. Lovely and inspiring to work with - very decent person. Know how much she loved her family. So very sad."

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