Police in north London have charged a 38-year-old man with murder after a woman was shot dead 360 metres from Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Police were called to an address in Loraine Road, Holloway, at 9:35am on 1 November where they discovered a woman with severe gunshot wounds. Despite attempts by first officers then paramedics to revive her, the woman died at the scene.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: "At around 09:35 GMT (on Sat 1 Nov) officers on patrol in Tollington Road and Hornsey Road were alerted to a woman shot at an address in nearby Loraine Road. Officers attended the Loraine Road address and found the woman suffering serious injuries. First aid was administered by officers until the arrival of London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance, however the woman was later pronounced dead at the scene."

Loraine Road
Loraine Road, Islington, the scene of the fatal shooting. Google Maps

A man was arrested and taken into custody at a local police station where he was charged with murder. A spokesman for the Met said: "At this early stage it is believed the arrested man and the woman are known to each other."

The woman's identity is known but next of kin are not yet believed to have been informed. A post-mortem will take place in due course. A weapon has been recovered and is being forensically examined.

The street was blocked yesterday as police and sniffer dogs searched the area ahead of Arsenal's home game against Burnley but has now reopened.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers is leading what has been described as a major murder investigation. Anyone with any information that could assist police should contact the incident room on 020 8358 0100, or police via 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

London remains one of the world's safest cities. In 2012 there were a total of 99 murders in the capital, the lowest since 1970. Most murders within the capital are classed as domestic.