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Cops seek witnesses to Opera Phantom’ killing

PUBLISHED: 18:38 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

POLICE investigating the murder of a 23-year-old college receptionist in East London revealed today that a suspect was seen in the area in a Phantom of the Opera’ mask. He was spotted on Monday, the day 23-year-old receptionist Sehrish Sheikh was stabbed to death at St George’s College in Balaam Street, Plaistow

POLICE investigating the murder of a 23-year-old college receptionist in East London revealed today that a suspect was seen in the area in a Phantom of the Opera’ mask.

He was spotted on Monday, the day 23-year-old receptionist Sehrish Sheikh was stabbed to death at St George’s College, a small independent college comprising an office above a shop at Balaam Street in Plaistow, at 6pm.

Sehrish, who lived in Dagenham, had stab wounds to the chest and neck. She died at the scene.

An incident room has been opened at Barking under Det Chief Ins Bob Mahoney.

“A suspect was seen immediately before the incident in the area wearing a black curly wig and a Phantom of the Opera’-style face mask,” he said.

“We would appeal for anyone who may have seen him to contact us as soon as possible.”

He also praised officers, one a probationer, who took a risk facing the suspect with the knife during the incident.

He added. “They ran inside with little regard to their own safety and disarmed the suspect of the knife he was holding, then made the arrest.”

A second woman in her 20s was found injured at the college and was taken to hospital for a minor stab wound to the shoulder, but not detained.

A 29-year-old man with neck injuries was also taken to hospital. He has been under arrest in connection the incident and police officers remained with him at the hospital before he was fit to be transferred to a police station.

No-one else was being sought in connection with the incident, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

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