Man arrested in South Norwood murder investigation

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Pictured: the deceased, Michael Hunt

Police have arrested a 21-year-old on suspicion of murdering a man in South Norwood.

The man, who was arrested on March 18 at an address in Purley on suspicion of murdering Michael Hunt, remains in custody.

Michael Hunt, 37, from the Selhurst area was found in a skip at the far end of an alleyway off Station Road, South Norwood, at approximately 7am on March 15.

The Irish national -from Waterford, Ireland- was taken by ambulance to Kings College Hospital, where he died shortly before midday.

Mr Hunt was suffering from injuries to his head and body which officers believe were consistent with an assault.

A post-mortem examination commenced on March 16 at Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley continues. An inquest is due to open and adjourn at Croydon Coroner’s Court on March 18.

An investigation is being led by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway said: “Michael Hunt was well known in the local community and I would urge anyone with information, or who may have seen Mr Hunt in the time prior to him being found, to come forward and speak to police.

“The information available to us at this stage leads us to believe that Mr Hunt was not the victim of a stranger or random attack. However, our enquiries continue.

“At this time our thoughts are with Michael’s friends and family, both here in London and in Ireland.”

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.