'Human torso' found in south London river as residents tell of shock

22 May 2024, 07:34 | Updated: 22 May 2024, 09:58

A suspected human torso was found in the River Wandle
A suspected human torso was found in the River Wandle. Picture: Alamy

By Flaminia Luck

Police have launched an investigation after a suspected human torso was found in a river in south London.

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Police went to the River Wandle in Mitcham after the remains were discovered yesterday.

Specialist police divers were also sent to the scene.

A large search is ongoing in the area of country park.

No arrests have been made.

A Metropolitan Police statement said: "On Tuesday, 21 May police were called to Rawnsley Avenue, Mitcham after human remains were found in a river by members of the public.

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"Officers attended and have set up a crime scene, the road will remain shut until the scene is closed.

"Enquiries are on-going into the circumstances and we await formal identification of the remains."

A spokesperson added: "At this early stage, we have not made any arrests."

A resident told the Evening Standard: “It’s total shock. I am from Brazil where these horrible things happen a lot, but you don’t expect it here. I got this house because it is in a green area near a river, you really don’t expect this.”

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