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Murder investigation launched after body found in Rainham flat

PUBLISHED: 10:31 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 03 October 2017

Police and forensic officers at the scene of a murder on Hood Road in Rainham

Police and forensic officers at the scene of a murder on Hood Road in Rainham

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Detectives have launched a murder investigation and arrested a man from Hornchurch after a body was found at a house in Rainham yesterday morning.

Police and forensic officers at the scene of a murder on Hood Road in RainhamPolice and forensic officers at the scene of a murder on Hood Road in Rainham

Police were called to an address in Hood Road, Rainham at around 11.30am yesterday after a neighbour raised concerns for the occupant.

Officers attended and forced entry to a first floor flat, where they found the body of a 51-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives believe they know his identity, but await formal identification.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

Police and forensic officers at the scene of a murder on Hood Road in RainhamPolice and forensic officers at the scene of a murder on Hood Road in Rainham

A murder investigation has been launched, led by Det Insp Simon Stancombe of the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

A 46-year-old man was arrested on Monday night in Hornchurch. He remains in custody at an east London police station.

The man arrested is believed to have been known to the deceased.

Anyone with information that may assist police can call the incident room at Hendon on 020 8358 0300. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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