An arrest has been made as part of a murder investigation where a man’s body was discovered in a Walthamstow park

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An arrest has been made as part of a murder investigation where a man’s body was discovered in a Walthamstow park.

A man aged in his 40s from the E17 area was arrested on Saturday, 29 August on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.

Police were called by a member of the public at approximately 1.40pm  on Monday, 24 August to St James Park, E17, after a person was found unresponsive.

Officers attended and a man, aged in his thirties, was pronounced dead at the scene.

While formal identification awaits, police are confident the deceased is Yassar Mustakim Moussa 37 who lived in Walthamstow. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers.

A post-mortem examination held on Tuesday, 25 August found the official cause of death to be a stab wound to the neck.

Detectives understand that Yassar was last heard from on the morning of Saturday, 22 August.

Now detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime North command are working to establish the circumstances of the events leading up to his death, and appealing for anyone with information to come forward and help them.

DCI Larry Smith, who leads the investigation, said: “A man’s life has been brutally taken and his body left in a park. We need to the know the movements of Yassar from Saturday, 22 August and my team will be working tirelessly to identify those involved.”

This is a busy park with lots of people using it and I’m asking those park visitors, and nearby residents, to really think back over this weekend. Did you see anything out of the ordinary? Did you see a vehicle drive in or out of the park through either the north or south gates?

“Someone out there knows what happened to Yassar and I’m asking you to do the decent thing and speak up. If you don’t want to talk to us, you can anonymously talk to Crimestoppers.”

Acting North East Borough Commander Supt Waheed Khan said: “My thoughts are with Yasser’s loved ones, who must be devastated not only by his death, but by the callous way he was treated.

“I know the local community will be shocked by these events, but please be assured that officers will do everything in their power to find who is responsible for this. Officers will be conducting increased patrols locally so residents can expect to see an additional police presence in the area. We are here for you so please do talk to our officers if you have any concerns.”

Enquiries continue.

Anyone who has information that could assist police with their investigation is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC ref CAD 3562/24 Aug.