Monday 29 May 2017

Large area of Hyde park in central London closed off after body found

The scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
The scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
The scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
Police at the scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
Police at the scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
The scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
Police at the scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.

Police are treating as suspicious the discovery of a body close to a tourist hotspot in central London.

A member of the public found a man with injuries in Hyde Park shortly before 6am.

The victim was dead when officers arrived at the scene on Friday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police set up a cordon spanning an area the size of two football pitches in the park following what an officer at the scene called an "unexplained death".

Police at the scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
Police at the scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.

The body, which is close to Speakers' Corner, could be seen under a tree, as investigators in white crime scene suits erected a tent over it.

At least 30 officers were at the scene.

One officer was heard telling a member of the public that the incident "happened in the last couple of hours and we are trying to get to the bottom of it".

In a statement the force said: "This incident is being treated as suspicious. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

The Met said next of kin have not yet been informed and asked anyone with information to contact them.

Investigators in blue suits could be seen searching the vast cordon as they placed markers in a trail across the scene.

Police at the scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.
Police at the scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered.

Police later extended the cordon - increasing it to double its initial size - as their investigations continued.

The man's body has yet to be moved from the scene.

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