Teacher, 28, killed in busy park filled with joggers as murder cops launch probe

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An investigation has been launched following the murder of a primary school teacher at a park in Greenwich on Saturday, September 18.

Police were called at 17:32hr after the body of a woman was discovered near a community centre in Cator Park, Kidbrooke Park Road, SE3.

The victim has now been identified as Cambridge-educated primary school teacher, Sabina Nessa, 28, from Kidbrooke.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Greenwich Mortuary on Monday, 20 September was inconclusive.

Metropolitan Police have confirmed a man, aged in his 40s, was arrested on suspicion of murder but has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Her family have been informed.

Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Joe Garrity from the Specialist Crime Command said: “Our initial enquiries suggest that this attack happened at around 20:30hrs on Friday, 17 September, a time when the park was likely being used by many people from dog walkers to joggers.

“Sabina was found near the OneSpace community centre which we know is a facility used by lots of people and we would ask anyone who was in or around the area and who may have any information to come forward.

“Did you see someone loitering or acting suspiciously? Or, did you see someone leaving the area in a hurry, perhaps running away? If you have any information, it is vital you tell us.

"We are working around the clock to deliver justice for the family of this young woman, and we need your help to do it."

Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry for local policing in Greenwich gave his condolences to the family of the victim.

He said: “Our thoughts are first and foremost with Sabina’s family and friends following this shocking incident and we will continue to provide our support to them as the investigation progresses.

“We know this incident will be worrying to those who live and work in the community. Over the next few days, they can expect to see extra high-visibility patrols both in and around the crime scene as well as other open spaces across the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich.

“As always, we are also working very closely with both local authorities to speak to our communities to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep people safe.”

Anyone who has information should contact Metropolitan Police via 0208 721 4266, or 101 quoting reference 5747/18. or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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