"a woman died after being found with head injuries."
Police have arrested and charged a 31-year-old man with murder after his mother was found dead with head injuries at her home in West London.
On November 25, 2020, police were called to the home of Hansa Patel, aged 62, in Greenford at 5 pm. Officers found her with serious head injuries.
London Ambulance Service workers attended the scene and were supported by a police helicopter, but she died 20 minutes later.
Shortly after the incident, Shanil Patel was arrested and charged with her murder. Police have confirmed that Hansa was his mother.
“Shanil Patel, 31, of Drew Gardens, Greenford was charged on Friday, November 27 with the murder of 62-year-old Hansa Patel.
“He will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court late today.
“This follows an incident on Wednesday, November 25 at an address in Drew Gardens, Greenford where a woman died after being found with head injuries.
“Shanil Patel is the son of Hansa Patel.”
Tributes have been paid to the “gentle” mother who was also a hospital worker.
Akbar Khan, a civil engineer whose wife was friends with Hansa Patel, said:
“She was a lovely lady, it’s very sad. She worked in a hospital and her husband told her to retire early because of Covid.
“It’s quite shocking. They were really nice people.”
Aqib Minhas, aged 28, said: “There was a bit of a frenzy last night, police were telling everyone to stay indoors and stay away from the scene.
“People I’ve spoken to have said there was a bit of shouting from inside the house beforehand.”
“The neighbourhood is a bit shook up by it all.”
A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
A murder investigation has been launched and is led by Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.
DCI Harding said: “At this early stage, we retain an open mind around the circumstances surrounding this incident.
“However, we can confirm that the victim and the man arrested were known to each other.
“We are not actively seeking any other suspects at this time.”
Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner of the Met’s West Area Command said:
“This is a devastating incident and my thoughts are with the victim’s family at this difficult time.
“I would like to reassure residents who will have noted a large police presence in the area last night and throughout today.
“These officers are there to assist with the investigation and also to provide local reassurance and support.”