Hermon Hill logjam link to woman’s death

The closure of Hermon Hill on Thursday led to traffic chaos in much of Wanstead, but is believed to be related to a police search following the death of a woman two weeks ago.

It’s been reported that a 28-year-old woman from Hermon Hill, Lorena Ciupeanu, died on 5 November from a suspected drug overdose. But police operations have been continuing since then with blue tape keeping part of the pavement cordoned off.

MyLondon reported that a forensics tent had been put up on Thursday as officers continued to investigate the scene.

Police have asked anyone who knew Lorena to contact them if they haven’t done so already by calling 101 and quoting CAD 8040/05NOV22.

Update Friday: Investigations are continuing on Friday and part of Hermon Hill has been closed again, having been reopened late on Thursday. Some residents of nearby houses were evacuated last night. It is still unclear what the cause of the investigation is.

Further update: The Metropolitan Police have issued the following statements: