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Maida Vale: Met Police refers itself to watchdog after woman stabbed to death and her attacker fatally hit by car

Scotland Yard has referred itself to the police watchdog over a murder in west London on Monday.

A man stabbed his female ex-partner to death and as passers-by tried to intervene he was hit and killed by a car.

It is thought she might also have been hit by the car.

The Metropolitan Police later revealed it had earlier issued the knifeman, thought to be Leon McCaskre, 41, with a stalking restraint order.

The woman who died was Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, the mother of two children.

The Independent Office for Police Complaints (IOPC) has been asked to investigate the force’s previous conduct with regard to McCaskre, to see if it could have done anything to prevent the stabbing.

The driver of the car, 26, was arrested on suspicion of murder and later bailed.

Some witnesses said he was among those who tried to help the woman but were threatened by the knifeman in Maida Vale at 9am on Monday.

He is then said to have got back into his car and appeared to use it to drive at the knifeman to try to stop the attack.

Ms Chkaifi’s family reportedly hailed the car driver as “our hero” and police praised passers-by for “bravely” intervening.

Police were awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations.

The IOPC must now decide whether to investigate, ask the Metropolitan Police to investigate internally or take no further action.

“We can confirm that we have received a referral from the Metropolitan Police regarding their contact with Yasmin Chkaifi prior to her tragic death in Maida Vale, London on 24 January,” said an IOPC spokesperson

“We are currently assessing the available information, and have requested more, to determine what further action may be required from us.”

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