‘Significant’ arrest made in teacher’s death

LONDON (AP) – British police said yesterday they have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher killed as she walked in a London park.

Nessa’s death – as she went to meet a friend a few minutes from her home – has fuelled concerns that women aren’t safe on the streets of Britain’s capital.

The Metropolitan Police force said a 38-year-old man was arrested overnight in southern England.

Two other men have previously been detained and then released under investigation, but police stressed the latest arrest was a “significant development”.

Police had earlier released closed-circuit TV footage of a man who was seen along Nessa’s route on the night she was killed, asking anyone who recognised him to contact them immediately.

Nessa, 28, was found dead in Kidbrooke, southeast London, on September 17. Detectives believe she was attacked during what should have been a five-minute walk to meet a friend at a nearby pub.

Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil for Nessa on Friday, demanding an end to violence against women.

“This feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it. Our world is shattered, we are simply lost for words,” Nessa’s sister, Jebina Yasmin Islam, told the crowd. “No family should go through what we are going through.”

A woman lights candles amidst floral tributes during a vigil for Sabina Nessa in Kidbrooke. PHOTO: AFP