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Police looking for man in connection with murder of 19-year-old student

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Detectives have launched a manhunt following the murder of a 19-year-old woman in student accommodation in central London.

Police are asking for help finding 22-year-old Maher Maaroufe, who they believe had a relationship with the woman. She is known to travel and has traveled around London and also travels to Cambridgeshire.

Officers were called at around 5:10am on Saturday to reports of an injured woman at Arbor House, student accommodation on Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the woman, believed to be a City, University of London student, who had suffered serious neck injuries.

Police are trying to find Maher Maaroufe (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said that anyone who sees Mr. Maaroufe should not approach him but should call 999 immediately.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said: “The woman’s family have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers in the coming days and months. My thoughts and that of my team are with them at this terribly difficult time.

“We believe the victim is a student studying at City, University of London.

“The first indications so far suggest that the victim had been in a relationship with Maaroufe and that they had been together that night.

“Urgent investigations are underway to locate Maaroufe and I urge him to go to a police station immediately. Anyone with information that could help law enforcement should do the right thing and call us now.”

Information on his whereabouts can be given to police officers via 101 or @MetCC and cite CAD 1252/19MAR22, or Op Worlington.

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