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London: Death of man found in burning park ‘suspicious’

The police are directing someone, forensics are running down the street.

Firefighters were called to reports of a burning body early Monday morning (Images: PA)

Specialized crime investigators have ruled the death of a man whose body was set on fire in a park as suspicious.

A member of the public called firefighters to Belvue Park in Ealing, west London, just before 4.20am on Monday.

The crew realized that the flames in the park were starting from a body and called the police.

The Met previously said it was treating the death as “unexplained,” but now that status has been changed to “suspicious.”

The investigation was referred to the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

The body has not yet been identified, but detectives believe the deceased is male and are trying to determine who he is in order to contact his next of kin.

Locals said on social media that a blue forensic tent had been erected in the park while police continued their investigation.

A police forensic officer arriving at the scene where a body was found after a fire in Belvue Park, west London, in the early hours of this morning.

Forensic scientists reportedly believe the deceased is male (Image: PA)

Police officers direct traffic near the scene where a body was found after a fire in Belvue Park, west London, in the early hours of this morning.

The Met said officials “will be at the park for some time” while they investigate (Image: PA)

A police forensic officer at the scene where a body was found after a fire in Belvue Park, west London, in the early hours of this morning.

The death was originally ruled unexplained (Image: PA)

Claire Hine, Senior Investigative Officer Detective Chief Inspector, stated: “This is a complex and fast-moving investigation and we are working to piece together the events that led to the loss of this individual’s life.

“Our top priority at this stage is to identify the individual concerned so that their family can be informed.

“We are also conducting house-to-house investigations and reviewing CCTV to create a timeline of who was in the area at the time of the fire.

“Officials will be at the park for some time and I want to thank the community for their understanding as we conduct our thorough investigation.”

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, who is responsible for local policing in Ealing, added: “There is currently no information to suggest there is a major risk from this incident and I would ask the public to refrain from speculation about the circumstances during this time to avoid our investigation taking place.’

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