Police have cordoned off the house in Aitken Drive while they carry out their investigation.

Police are treating the murder of a woman in Barnet as a domestic incident.

Officers forced entry to an attached house in Aitken Road shortly after 1.40am this morning.

A 69-year-old woman was found “lifeless” and was pronounced dead at 2.10am.

Neighbours have said the woman had lived at the property with her son for more than ten years.

Vasant Thakrar, who has lived in the road for 28 years, said: “I only saw her now and then if she was going to the hospital or doctors. She was always in a wheelchair – I’d never seen her walking.

“I just can’t believe this could happen.”

Marc Vandenabbeele, 46, who has lived in the street for 15 years said: “When I found out I was so shocked – I just couldn’t believe it. It’s always so quiet around here.

“I know quite a few of my neighbours but I didn’t see them so much.”

One neighbour who asked not to be named said: “They weren’t English. I’d seen her in a wheelchair a few times but she never spoke.

“I was very surprised to hear what had happened. It’s a very quiet road and in the 50 years I’ve lived here I’ve never heard of anything like it.”

Police have cordoned of the house as forensic officers carry out their investigation.

Next of kin have been contacted and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled.

A 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and has been taken into custody at a north London police station.

Officers have said they are not seeking any further suspects in connection with the incident.

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