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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after body found in Ilford cemetery

PUBLISHED: 09:18 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 02 February 2018

Seyed Khan. Photo: Met Police

Seyed Khan. Photo: Met Police

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A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a missing man believed to be Seyed Khan was discovered in Ilford cemetery.

The suspects stole a quantity of  jewellery. Picture: Ken MearsThe suspects stole a quantity of jewellery. Picture: Ken Mears

Seyed Khan, 49, was last seen at his home address in Thamesmead at approximately 5pm on January 24, when he left to go to work at A-Z Carpets, High Road, Ilford.

Detective discovered the body of a man in Ilford cemetery, in High Road, at 12pm yesterday (February, 1).

Mr Khan’s family have been informed of this development and formal identification awaits.

A post-mortem examination will take place at East Ham Mortuary on Friday, 2 February.

Police seal off the Buckingham Road cemetery in the search for Seyed KhanPolice seal off the Buckingham Road cemetery in the search for Seyed Khan

A 30-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to an east London police station, where he remains, for questioning.

Following information that came to the attention of police, detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) took over the investigation.

Detective Inspector Domenica Catino, (HMCC) said: “A murder investigation has now been launched after officers searching for Mr Khan found a body. His family has been updated. We await formal identification.

“We know that Mr Khan made a phone call at 6.55pm on the High Road in Ilford on the evening he went missing and was not seen afterwards.

“His car was found in the High Road. Whilst we have made an arrest, we would encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact us immediately.

“A range of enquiries including the review of local CCTV footage and forensic analysis are ongoing.”

Anyone who has information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4622, via 101 or tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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