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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman, 89, found dead at property in London

Police were called to a home in Bexleyheath on Saturday afternoon (Picture: UkNewsinPictures)

A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a pensioner was found dead in south-east London.

The woman, 89, was found at a home in Barton Close, Bexleyheath on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the man, 57, who was detained at the scene, is believed to have known her.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution for treatment to self-inflicted injuries.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and her next of kin have been informed, the Metropolitan Police said.

Forensic investigations took place over both days of the weekend.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

Police were called at 15:10hrs on Saturday, 5 June to concerns for the welfare of a woman at a residential property in Barton Close, Bexleyheath. Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service. An 89-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. A 57-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He was taken to hospital as a precaution for treatment to self-inflicted injuries. The suspect and deceased are believed to be known to each other. Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) have been informed and a crime scene remains in place.

Forensic investigations took place across the weekend (Picture: UkNewsinPictures)
A forensic investigator speaks with officers at the home on Sunday (Picture: Grant Falvey/LNP)

A spokesperson for the police said: ‘Police were called at 3.10pm on Saturday, June 5 to concerns for the welfare of a woman at a residential property in Barton Close, Bexleyheath.

‘Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service. An 89-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.’

The spokesperson added: ‘The suspect and deceased are believed to be known to each other.

‘Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) have been informed and a crime scene remains in place.’

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