Police investigate dead woman found in a suitcase in a London flat by a shocked decorator hired to paint the walls after neighbours reported ‘foul smelling odour’ that lasted weeks – and murder squad are poised to join investigation
- Police and forensic teams were spotted outside property a property in Southall
- Footage shows officers in Beaconsfield Road in the West London district
- Residents say there was ‘really foul smelling odour’ at property for two weeks
- The ‘body of a woman’ was discovered inside the flat earlier today, one local said
A woman’s dead body has been discovered inside a suitcase at a London flat by a shocked painter after neighbours reported a ‘foul smelling odour’ that lasted for weeks.
Police and forensic teams were spotted outside a property in Southall, West London, at around 9pm on Friday night.
Locals say a painter had visited the flat above a parade of shops on Friday, only to discover the ‘body of a female,’ in a suitcase inside the property.
Met Police confirmed it was investigating an ‘unexplained death,’ following the discovery just before 3pm on Friday.
Scotland Yard would not confirm the gender of the body or any other identifying detail.
Police and forensic crews were parked outside a safe deposit building in Southall on Friday night, amid reports a dead body had been discovered in a suitcase
Forensic crews were called out to Southall on Friday night after local police investigating the ‘unexplained death,’ of a person found in a flat above a parade of shops
One local said the body of a woman had been found in a suitcase at a flat near Beaconsfield Road, Southall
Patrol cars and forensic crews’ vans were parked up outside a safe deposit firm on nearby Beaconsfield Road tonight.
Locals believe the body was discovered in a flat above shops on The Crescent.
A spokesman from Met Police said tonight: ‘Officers are investigating following an unexplained death in Southall.
‘Police were called at 2.53pm on Friday to an address in The Crescent, Southall, after a person was found deceased.
Business owners along a parade of shops say they were visited by officers looking for CCTV on Friday evening, following the discovery at around 3pm. Forensic crews remain at the scene
The body was discovered shortly before 3pm on Friday afternoon, with locals claiming it was found by a painter visiting the flat
Met Police officers in Ealing are currently handling the investigation, but Scotland Yard said it is ‘not discussing the circumstances of the discovery any further at this stage’
‘Enquiries to identify the deceased are ongoing. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.
‘Officers are not discussing the circumstances of the discovery any further at this stage. There have been no arrests.’
The death has not been passed to murder detectives and remains under the investigation of local police in the borough of Ealing.
Officers are understood to have started making enquiries with locals earlier this evening, at around 6.30pm.
Shop owners along The Crescent, including Shabana Hair and Beauty Salon, which is based in the red building, say officers spoke to them earlier today enquiring about CCTV footage.
Residents said they had noticed a ‘really foul smelling odour,’ coming from a nearby property around two weeks ago.
Officers and forensic crews remain at the scene as enquiries continue.