Man dies after being found on fire in park in west London

13 June 2022, 14:00 | Updated: 13 June 2022, 19:41

A body of a man has been found on fire in a park in west London
A body of a man has been found on fire in a park in west London. Picture: Alamy/Google Street View

By Megan Hinton

Police are investigating a 'suspicious' death after a man was found on fire in a park in west London.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The Metropolitan police confirmed they were called to Belvue Park, Northolt, at 4.40am on Monday morning after concerned members of the public called emergency services.

Officers discovered the body on fire in the park and are continuing to carry out inquiries to identify the person and inform their next of kin.

The death is being treated as "suspicious" and detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.

A cordon remains in place at the scene whilst officers investigate.

Police forensic officers at the scene where a body was found after a fire in the early hours of this morning in Belvue Park
Police forensic officers at the scene where a body was found after a fire in the early hours of this morning in Belvue Park. Picture: Alamy

Read more: Police hunt after 10-year-old girl sexually assaulted in London train station

Detective Chief Inspector Claire Hine, the senior investigating officer, said: "This is a complex and fast-moving investigation and we are working to piece together the events that resulted in this person losing their life.

"Our top priority at this stage is identifying the person involved so their family can be informed.

"We are also carrying out house-to-house enquiries are reviewing CCTV to build a timeline of who was in the area at the time of the fire.

"Officers will be in the park for some time and I would like to thank the community for their understanding as we carry out our thorough investigation.

"I would also encourage anyone with information about what happened to come forward."

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, responsible for local policing in Ealing, said: "Like many people across Ealing I am shocked and saddened by this dreadful news and I recognise it will cause considerable concern in the community.

"I can assure you that we are doing all we can to work out what happened.

"There is no information at this time to suggest there is any wider risk as a result of this incident and I would ask the public to avoid speculating about the circumstances while our investigation takes place.

"An increased number of officers will be in the area over the coming days to provide reassurance and listen to your concerns."

A post-mortem examination will take place in the coming days.

Read more: Police hunt for two men who 'tried to abduct four-month-old baby from pushchair'

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: "Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in a park on Rowdell Road in Northolt.

"Sadly, a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The Brigade was called at 4.19am and the incident was over for firefighters by 4.56am.

"One fire engine from Northolt Fire Station attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service."

Anyone with information has been urged to call 101 quoting CAD 952/13Jun. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

iPhones are among the affected devices

Apple reveals serious security issue with iPhones, iPads and Macs that could give hackers complete control

Another day of travel chaos awaits commuters in and to London

Unions threaten to strike for 'as long as it takes' as millions face more travel chaos in London

The officer has been charged with dangerous driving

Armed officer charged with dangerous driving after he drove unmarked car to Streatham terror attack

Ryan Giggs' raunchy poems to his ex were read out in court

Ryan Giggs' mother sits in court as raunchy 'totem pole' poems he sent to ex are read out

Ms Marin said she is a normal 36-year-old who spends time with her friends

Finnish PM denies drug taking after footage of 36-year-old dancing at 'wild' party emerges

A-Level teens should take on apprenticeships, says Charlie Mullins

A-Level teens should take on apprenticeships, says Charlie Mullins

A new image, on the right, has been released

New image of man released by police after girl, 6, abducted and taken to woodland in Droylsden

Mr Mendy and Mar Matturie deny a string of sex offences

Benjamin Mendy 'told rape victim he had sex with 10,000 women and it was a privilege'

Anger as Southern Water ‘unsure’ how many litres of sewage released at closed beaches

Sewage scandal: pollution plaguing Britain’s beaches and beauty spots as water firms told 'clean up your act'

Rishi said his go-to item with his daughters would be a breakfast wrap, which has been discontinued

Rishi Sunak’s 'go-to' McDonald’s order with his family taken off menu over two years ago

Salman Rushdie suspect had ‘read two pages’ of the Satanic verses, after mother says ‘I’m done with him’.

Salman Rushdie attack suspect reveals he 'only read two pages' of Satanic Verses

Sadiq Khan said the heatwave was partly to blame for the recent rise in violent crime

Sadiq Khan blames London's rise in violent crime on longer days, school holidays and the heatwave

MP Margaret Ferrier has pleaded guilty to breaching Covid rules

MP Margaret Ferrier pleads guilty to Covid rule breach

The body of Aran Chada, 51, was found hundreds of metres below the surface of Lake Garda

Body of ‘Hero’ British father found at bottom of Italian Lake after he jumped from boat to save his son

Jeremy Corbyn joined striking rail workers on a picket line at Euston this morning

Labour MPs defy Starmer again by joining striking rail workers as Corbyn shows up sporting black eye

Forensic investigators at the scene in Auckland where the children's bodies were found

Horrified family finds bodies of two children in suitcases bought at abandoned storage unit sale in New Zealand