Murder probe continues into death of teenager, 15, found in bath

MURDER squad officers inquiries are continuing into a “domestic incident” after which a “badly injured” 15-year-old boy was found dead in a bath on Christmas Day.

MURDER squad officers inquiries are continuing into a “domestic incident” after which a “badly injured” 15-year-old boy was found dead in a bath on Christmas Day.

The teenager was discovered drowned a block of flats in Hathaway Crescent, Manor Park, at around 12.15pm.

Scotland Yard said officers found the boy in the bath with a “number of injuries” and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man and a woman, both believed to be aged 27, have been arrested by police and are in custody at separate East London police stations.


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“We believe we know the identity of the boy, who is thought to be 15. We await formal identification. Next of kin are aware. The death is being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will tell us more,” said a Scotland Yard spokesman.

Officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating.

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Police were called by the London Ambulance Service following reports of a drowning. An air ambulance was also called to the scene.

The Hathaway Crescent area, scene of a number of blocks of flats, was quite this morning. Locals aware of the tragedy said they were “stunned” at what had happened. But many were totally unaware. There was no visible police presence in the area, but all the flats have secure door entry phone systems.

“At this very early stage, this is believed to be a domestic incident. Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances,” said a Scotland Yard spokesman.

It is understood at least one of those arrested is related to the dead teenager.

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