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Bucks social worker stabbed by "stranger"

Bibaa Henry and her sister were found dead last Sunday.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:01pm 12th June 2020. 4-minute read.

Bucks social worker stabbed by "stranger"

The Buckinghamshire social worker and her sister were found dead last weekend. 

Bibaa Henry, 46 and Nicole Smallman 27, were found in Fryent Country Park in Wembley last Sunday. June 7th.

The bodies of the sisters were discovered after a report of two unresponsive women.

A post-mortem has found the pair were stabbed, but the police believe the offender was also injured in the attack. 

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, Specialist Crime, said:

“This is an unthinkably harrowing and tragic incident and my first thoughts remain with Nicole and Bibaa’s close family and friends who are going through the most unimaginable pain and suffering.

“There have been a number of factors involved in both the incident and the aftermath which have required extra time and care in enabling us to create a clear picture of what has taken place. But what we can now say with some certainty is that Nicole and Bibaa were murdered by someone who was unknown to them.

“Enquiries continue at pace, and an ongoing extensive search of what is a significant crime scene – including a pond - continues to yield evidence. My officers are also currently trawling through hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rubbish from a local refuse depot in search of items of relevance to the investigation, which we believe were accidentally cleared from the scene when mistaken for rubbish.”

“Whilst we tirelessly work to identify the individual responsible I am asking the public for their help with two points:

“We believe the suspect received injuries during the incident which have caused significant bleeding. Do you know anyone who has been wounded in the last week who is unable to account for their injuries? Has someone returned home and perhaps acted suspiciously or tried to hide something from you?

“We also believe the suspect left the park via the Valley Drive entrance. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in that vicinity during the evening of Friday into early hours of Saturday? You may have noticed someone who was injured.

“If you have information on either of these specific appeal points - no matter how insignificant it may seem - please contact us. At this stage we don’t know why this awful attack took place and any information we can gather will help us further put the pieces of the jigsaw together.”

On the Friday June 5th they had met with friends and family to celebrate Bibaa's birthday, both were reported missing on the Saturday. 

The Birthday celebration is through to have ended late on Friday, with only Bibaa and Nicole remaining by 00.30am on Saturday June 6th.

An extensive crime scene still remains in the park and a murder investigation is underway.

DCI Harding also appealed for anyone else in the area at the time to come forward. He said:

“A number of people have come forward with information which has really assisted us with our enquiries, but I still need to hear from anyone who was in the park on the evening of Friday, 5 June, or early into Saturday, 6 June who has not yet spoken with police. The area the group were in is around a five minute walk from the Valley Drive entrance of the park, leading to a hill area.

“This is a well-known spot to sit and look over London. If you were in that area of the park from the evening of 5 June through to Sunday lunchtime, noticed the group, or saw anything or anyone suspicious, please contact us immediately.

“I also want to hear from people who regularly use the park, you may have seen a person acting suspiciously in the days leading up to the attack, you may not think your information is relevant, but it may be vital, so call and tell us what you know.

“You may also have stumbled upon items of property, but not realised the significance of them. If you did, you may well have information that could assist us hugely. No matter how insignificant it may seem, please contact us.”

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