Man who travels to Cambridgeshire arrested on suspicion of murder

Call 999 immediately if you see Maher Maaroufe, 22

Call 999 immediately if you see Maher Maaroufe, 22. - Credit: Met Police

A man who has been known to travel to Cambridgeshire has been arrested on suspicion of a murder of a young woman. 

Detectives investigating the death of Sabita Thanwani (19) have arrested Maher Maaroufe, 22, who has connections in Cambridgeshire, on suspicion of murder. 

Metropolitan Police officers detained Maher Maaroufe, 22, on Sunday afternoon, a day after 19-year-old Sabita Thanwani died at student accommodation in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell.

The force said Maaroufe was arrested on suspicion of murder and assault on police and he remains in police custody.

Officers were called to Arbour House, in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell, at around 5.10am on Saturday to reports that Ms Thanwani, a British national and student, was injured.

They attended along with medics to find she had suffered serious neck injuries but, despite their efforts, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The force subsequently launched an appeal to trace Maaroufe later on Saturday.

Undated family handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Sabita Thanwani, 19, a student and British national.

Undated family handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Sabita Thanwani, 19, a student and British national who has been named by police as the victim of a murder at student accommodation in Clerkenwell. - Credit: PA

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Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to thank everyone for publicising and sharing our appeal to trace Maaroufe.

“Sabita’s family have been updated with this development and continue to be supported by specially trained officers. Our deepest condolences are with them.

“I would ask everyone to respect their privacy at this indescribably devastating time for them as they come to terms with Sabita’s murder.”

Chief Inspector Adam Instone, Central North Command Unit, said: “Arbour House is student accommodation, and I know there will be great sadness and deep concern among local people and the student community. I share their sadness and their concerns. And I can assure them that a thorough homicide investigation is under way, led by skilled and experienced detectives who will work tirelessly to identify and arrest whoever is responsible.

“Tackling violent crime is the Met’s top priority. Police officers, including forensic specialists, remain at the scene. Local people will also see additional police in the area. If you have any concerns about safety in and around Clerkenwell, please speak with those officers.”

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101. You can also provide information anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers, online or by calling 0800 555 111.