A man’s body has been found inside a car at a shopping centre in Stratford.

Met Police were informed by a neighbouring force on Tuesday (January 9) afternoon about a report from a member of the public concerning a person who had potentially been harmed in London.

They traced a car in connection to the tip-off to the Stratford Centre car park at 1.17am today (January 10), and found a man’s body in it.

Met Police said they are working to confirm his identity and inform his next of kin. A post-mortem examination, they said, will be held in due course.

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A crime scene remains in place in Newham and Hampshire while officers carry out enquiries.

Police have arrested a man at a residential address in Hampshire on suspicion of the man's murder.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, responsible for policing in Newham, assured Newham residents that the force does not believe there to be any wider danger to the public.

He said: “I know many local people use the Stratford Centre every day and this awful incident will of course cause considerable concern to shoppers and retailers.

“I would like to reassure people that a man is in custody and, while my colleagues in Specialist Crime investigate, we do not believe there to be any danger to other people.

“If you have information that you think could help us, I urge you to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 citing reference CAD 4310/9 Jan.