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Investigation Underway After Body Found Floating Dead in River Roding, East London

A grim discovery was made in the River Roding this Tuesday afternoon when a man’s body was found floating in the water, prompting a large-scale emergency response. Metropolitan Police, alongside fire brigade units, paramedics, HART (Hazardous Area Response Teams), and marine policing units, were scrambled to a section of the river in East London just after 1 pm following reports of the body.

Police at crime scene with tent by river.

Specialist teams, donned in dry suits and using recovery poles, were deployed in a meticulous effort to retrieve the man from the river. Despite the swift and coordinated efforts of the paramedics and police on the scene, the man was pronounced dead. The Metropolitan Police have since launched an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Police investigation near river with crime scene tent.

The identity of the deceased has not yet been confirmed, and police are currently unable to verify if this incident is connected to the ongoing search for a missing person linked to a recent attack.

The community awaits further updates as the Metropolitan Police continue their inquiries.

Swans on river by crime scene with police activity

A crime scene has been established in the vicinity, with sections of the A12 and a part of the River Roding cordoned off. A yellow and white forensic tent marks the spot where the deceased was found, as detectives delve into the investigation, seeking to uncover the events that led to this tragic incident.

People near water under a bridge, graffiti, urban setting.

The Metropolitan Police are appealing to the public for any information that might assist their investigation. As the community grapples with the shock of this discovery, local authorities are urging witnesses or anyone with pertinent information to come forward to aid in the ongoing investigation.

Police investigation at outdoor crime scene tent.

The area affected by the investigation remains restricted, with local traffic diversions in place. The public is advised to avoid the area to allow emergency services and investigative teams to conduct their work efficiently.

Emergency services responding by riverbank.

Further details are expected to be released as the investigation progresses. The Metropolitan Police have committed to providing updates on this distressing incident and the broader implications it may have for the safety and well-being of the community in East London.

We have approached the Met Police for a statement.

The London Fire Brigade said:

This was a police-led incident

Crews assisted the Metropolitan Police Service with an incident near Redbridge Underground Station in Ilford. The Brigade was called at 1.12pm and the incident was over for firefighters at 2.02pm. Crews from Leytonstone, Ilford and Stratford fire stations attended the scene.

A Spokesman for the Met Police said:

Police were called at around 1255hrs to a report of a body in the River Roding in Redbridge.

Officers attended and the body of a man was recovered from the water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is being treated as unexpected and non-suspicious.

Enquiries are ongoing to inform his next of kin.

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