A man who was arrested following the murder of woman in a hammer attack was discharged from hospital yesterday (July 24).

He is now in custody at a south London police station.

The 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of 36-year-old Florina Pastina at a house in Alpha Road, Croydon.

He was also arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a 25-year-old man and on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm to a 25-year-old woman.

Police were called to the address at 7:22am on July 19, where Florina, who had been attacked with a hammer, was found suffering critical head injuries.

A murder investigation was launched when Florina died from her injuries in the early hours of July 21.

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A post-mortem gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, in which a 25-year-old-man was also injured after being hit with a hammer.

He was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

A 25-year-old woman was also attacked at the scene, sustaining injuries to her stomach.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and all parties are believed to be known to each other.

The hammer concerned in the incident was found at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Although a man is now in police custody, I would still like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Alpha Road at the time of the attack who may have seen or heard something that could assist with our investigation.

“It is vital that we discover what happened that morning so that we can be certain of what led to such a tragic event.”

The family of Florina Pastina, said: “We are heartbroken at the loss of a much loved sister and friend, who was a well-respected teacher.

“Such a beautiful and kind person, who had so much more to give.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command on 020 8785 8099 or by dialling 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.