Dead body found ‘inside suitcase after neighbours report foul smell’

Police officers have found a dead body which locals claim was inside a suitcase, after neighbours reported a "foul-smelling odour."

The body was discovered in a property in Southall, West London, on Friday night.

The discovery was made after local residents claim to have noticed a strong smell over the last couple of weeks, writes the Mail Online.

According to local reports, "the body of a female was found in a suitcase" by a painter who arrived to do some work.

Cops were spotted outside the property at around 9pm, however, the force has not yet confirmed whether the body was inside the bag, or the gender of the person.

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Metropolitan Police released a statement in the evening and said: "Officers are investigating following an unexplained death in Southall.

"Police were called at 2.53pm on Friday, 18 December, to an address in The Crescent, Southall UB1, after a person was found deceased.

"Enquiries to identify the deceased are ongoing.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained."

However, officers will not be discussing details of the discovery at this stage.

Currently, there have been no arrests and officers are still at the scene as the investigation continues.

Photos show forensic crews at the scene, which is believed to be close to a number of shops.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson told the Mail Online: "We were called at 3.05pm on Friday to reports of an incident on The Crescent, Southall.

"We sent a medic in a car. Sadly, a person was found dead at the scene."

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