Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Quiz Man in His Twenties over Knife Killing of Nurse

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Quiz Man in His Twenties over Knife Killing of Nurse

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K2 NEWS DETECTIVES hunting the killer of nurse Cheryl Moss today arrested a man in his twenties.

The 33-year-old was stabbed to death while taking a cigarette break in a park close to St George's Hospital in Hornchurch yesterday.

A police spokesman said the man was held early today and was being questioned in connection with the attack.

Earlier, detectives said they would be interviewing careinthe-community patients.

They believe Mrs Moss could have been the victim of an attack by a stranger.

Police were drawing up lists of possible suspects in the area who might be capable of such an attack. However, they were also examining Mrs Moss's background and private life for a possible murder motive.

Last night her estranged husband Peter Moss, in his forties, arrived at her Dagenham flat to collect her belongings.

As Mr Moss left the building flanked by two plainclothes officers, he appeared on the point of fainting. He stopped to catch his breath before a detective took his arm to steady him, then led him to an unmarked police car.

The nurse's body was found, covered in blood, by a woman walking her dog near St George's, which specialises in care for the elderly. On the same site is Suttons House, a day unit treating psychiatric patients under the care in the community scheme.

Today colleagues of Mrs Moss paid tribute to the nurse who had dedicated 17 years of her life to caring for the sick, saying she was " wellrespected, well-known and well-liked".

Staff members also spoke of their fear that the killer could strike again and police have launched uniformed patrols in the area to reassure people.

Mrs Moss was stabbed up to 12 times on a secluded path next to the hospital boundary.

She was identified by her name badge.

Murder squad detectives say they are yet to find a motive, witnesses or "obvious suspects". …

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