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Man remanded in stab murder case

A man was remanded in custody today charged with the murder of a woman stabbed to death during the morning rush hour.

Trevor Gibbon, 48, of Windsor Crescent, Harrow, north west London, appeared at Hendon Magistrates' Court.

The victim, Gibbon's neighbour Alison Morrison, was killed on Thursday as she made her way to work.

Residents reported hearing piercing screams and police were called to the attack in Alexandra Avenue at 7.47am.

Mrs Morrison was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, where she died from her injuries. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Gibbon held on to glass at the front of the dock and looked around the court during the brief hearing.

Magistrate Caroline Whycer told him he was being remanded in custody to stand trial at the Old Bailey, where there will be a bail hearing on Tuesday, then a preliminary hearing on January 12.

David Perry, leader of Harrow Council, has paid tribute to Mrs Morrison, saying: "Alison Morrison was passionately committed to creating a safer Harrow through her work with the Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board and as a community champion, and it is terrible news that she has lost her life in this violent way in a borough she cared so much about.

"Alison's colleagues on the Safer Neighbourhood Board are absolutely shattered by this news, as are the staff of Harrow Council. Alison was a key member of the board and a tireless advocate of its work.

"We will do whatever we can to help the police. In the meantime, our thoughts are with Alison's family."

In a statement, Ms Morrison's family said: "Alison was an inspiration, a warm and loving person who will be deeply missed by her husband and son.

"Her devastating loss as a result of this senseless attack is also felt by all the family, local community and all who knew her."

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