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A 41-year-old woman and her three dogs were killed after being hit by a car in west London, the Metropolitan Police have said. The woman was walking three golden retrievers when the incident happened.

A 26-year-old man suspected of causing death by dangerous driving has been arrested and taken into custody.

Police say officers were called to Cheyne Walk in Chelsea just before 6.30am on Saturday to report a collision involving a pedestrian, animals and an Audi car.

The woman was found dead at the scene, while the three dogs also died from injuries, police said. The driver of the Audi was found with minor injuries.

A forensic tent has been pitched on Cheyne Walk, a road lined with mansions that stretches alongside the River Thames.

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The Met said: ‘Officers were present along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service.

“Police were called to Cheyne Walk, SW3, to a report of a collision involving a car, a woman and three dogs. A 41-year-old woman was found dead at the scene. All three dogs also died from injuries sustained in the collision.

“The woman’s relatives have been informed and are being taken care of by specialized agents. A crime scene has been set up and motorists are advised to avoid the area due to road closures.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to get in touch by calling 101.

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