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Man, 21, arrested after body of Kelly Stewart found at Plaistow church

PUBLISHED: 08:08 02 April 2020 | UPDATED: 09:19 02 April 2020

Kelly Stewart's body was found  in the grounds of Memorial Community Church in Barking Road, Plaistow. Picture: Met Police

Kelly Stewart's body was found in the grounds of Memorial Community Church in Barking Road, Plaistow. Picture: Met Police

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An arrest has been made as the investigation into the murder of Kelly Stewart in Plaistow continues.

Kelly Stewart's body was found  in the grounds of Memorial Community Church in Barking Road, Plaistow. Picture: Met PoliceKelly Stewart's body was found in the grounds of Memorial Community Church in Barking Road, Plaistow. Picture: Met Police

Detectives arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of murder on Wednesday April 1; he remains in custody at an east London police station.

Police were called at 3.09pm on Thursday, March 26, to a body found in the grounds of Memorial Community Church in Barking Road.

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Emergency services attended and declared Kelly, 41, dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held at East Ham mortuary on Friday, March 27, gave cause of death as impact injuries to the head.

Enquiries to date lead officers to believe Kelly — of no fixed abode but from the Newham area — was attacked between 12.45am and 01.45am on Thursday, March 26.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570. To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.


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