A MAN has been arrested for the murder of a heavily pregnant woman and her baby in Croydon tonight.
Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was stabbed to death at home in the early hours of June 30 and her baby son Riley – who was delivered in an emergency C-section at the scene – died four days later.
Police today arrested a 25-year-old man for the double murder, which shocked the nation. He remains in custody at a central London police station.
Postal worker Kelly, who was eight months' pregnant and had held a baby shower for baby Riley, was found stabbed to death in her bedroom in Thornton Heath by her sister.
Police had previously said they feared a stranger had murdered Fauvrelle after creeping through a window left open in the hot weather.
They had issued CCTV footage of a potential prime suspect — a tall, slim, hooded man in light clothing and wearing gloves.
The possible prowler was shown walking swiftly towards Kelly’s home in Thornton Heath, South London, at 3.15am — around the time she was murdered.
He was captured by the same camera just over ten minutes later, running in the opposite direction on the other side of the road.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, leading the murder hunt, said previously that Kelly was stabbed to death in a “vicious and prolonged attack" in her ground-floor bedroom at the rear of the house.
He said Kelly's mother, brothers and sister were all in the house when she was attacked.
They heard her screams, but the killer escaped without being seen.
Police carried out extensive forensic work at Fauvrelle's home after the murder.
Commenting on the search, Norman previously said: “We’ve released footage as the next step in what has been a fast-paced, and extremely challenging investigation.
“We need to identify the man shown in the images urgently, even if only to eliminate him from our inquiries.”
Two men, both known to Fauvrelle, were arrested separately in the days after the murder.
One, aged 37, was released under investigation, and a second, aged 29, was released on bail until early August.
Detectives were left confronting the possibility that a stranger could have targeted Kelly.
DCI Norman said at the time: “I am aware there is some speculation about whether Kelly’s attacker was known to her.
"At this stage we simply are not in a position to say and must retain an open mind.”
Police have previously said the father of baby Riley was not a suspect in the case.
He is understood to have been with Riley when he died, and to have spent time with Kelly's family since.
'OVER THE MOON TO BE PREGNANT'
Since her death, it has emerged Fauvrelle had earlier survived a cancer scare and stunned doctors by becoming pregnant.
Favurelle worked at the Croydon postal sorting office and was a member of the Communication Workers Union.
Croydon & Sutton Amal Branch secretary Angela Whitter said: “She was over the moon when she became pregnant.”
She added: “People were always complimenting her on her growing bump and she was so looking forward to her baby’s arrival.”
Last week, DCI Norman repeated an appeal for information.
“Members of the public may have useful information, and I am today reiterating my appeal for anyone who may know anything that will assist the investigation to make contact as soon as possible," he said.
ANYONE with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4005, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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