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Irishman is beaten to death and then body dumped in bin

POLICE are hunting the killer of an Irishman found savagely beaten and dumped in a bin in London.

The body of Michael Hunt, from Wexford, was discovered by a shopkeeper down an alleyway in Croydon.

Police say they are treating the death of the 37-year-old as suspicious, but are unaware of any motive for the attack.

Mr Hunt (37) was originally from Kilmore Quay in Wexford and had been living in London for six years.

He was rushed to Kings College Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday to establish how his fatal injuries were inflicted.

The results have not been made available.

Mr Hunt, who is understood to be a father, had been feeling homesick in recent days, according to his recent Facebook posts.

"Luvin and missin my friends and mostly my family in Eire," he posted on his profile page. "I also haven't stopped dreaming about home all the time luv yous x."

His niece, Jade Hunt, said her uncle was "loved by everyone".

Although it is believed his mother lives nearby, his family in Wexford were unable to comment further.

Mr Hunt was found on his own, seriously injured, in a bin down an alley between an estate agents and a supermarket.

"We do not know, at this time, how the victim sustained his injuries, nor have we established a motive for any attack on him," Det Chief Insp Diane Tudway said.

Mr Hunt, who was known locally as Irish Mike, is believed to have been living in Croydon after moving to London to find work.

No arrests have been made in connection with his death, and London police are appealing for information.

One resident and business owner said he had heard that he had been dragged across the car park behind the Co-Op and then "left for dead" in the alley.

"They found him in a bin," he said. "But no one really knows what happened to the poor guy."

Another businessman, Kandiah Subodaran, who owns Kupra News and Counter News in adjacent High Street, said: "We are all very shocked to learn what has happened."