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Murder inquiry launched over death of man in London's Hyde Park

Published 13/08/2016

A body is removed from a police tent in Hyde Park
A body is removed from a police tent in Hyde Park

Police are treating the death of a man close to a tourist hotspot in central London as murder.

Officers were called to Hyde Park at around 5.50am on Friday after a member of the public found a man with injuries.

The man was dead when officers arrived at the scene, and detectives from the homicide and major crime command investigating the death are now treating it as murder, Scotland Yard said.

Police said inquiries are continuing to establish the man's identity and inform his next of kin.

A post-mortem examination held on Saturday at Westminster Mortuary did not ascertain a cause of death, but it showed that the man was the victim of an assault.

Police set up a cordon spanning an area the size of two football pitches in the park.

The scene is near the mosaic to commemorate The Reformers' Tree in Hyde Park.

The body, which was close to Speakers' Corner, could be seen under a tree before investigators in white crime scene suits erected a tent over it.

At least 30 officers were at the scene at one point as part of the investigation.

Scotland Yard said no arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious or has information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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