Man’s body ‘on fire’ in busy city road as police probe mystery death

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A man has died after police discovered a body that had been set "alight” after it had been "mutilated," police have said.

The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into the death of a man who was found on fire in Mitcham, south London, just after 6am.

Police are treating the death of the man as "unexplained" but believe the individual was set alight after being "mutilated" in some way.

Officers were called to Commonside East just after 6am on Thursday September 17 to reports of concern for a person's welfare.

One local person has said the individual may have been alive when he was found, but this has not been confirmed by police.

Eyewitnesses have said police the the fire service were on scene searching for evidence which may shed light on the incident.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said "road closures" have been put in place in Commonside and said "enquiries are ongoing."

The force said police are yet to notify the next of kin and did not release the man's age in communications.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: "Police were called to Commonside East, Mitcham, at 6.12am on Thursday, September 17 to reports of a concern for safety.

"Officers attended. The body of a man was found.

"Enquiries are ongoing to notify next of kin.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

"Road closures have been put in place. Enquiries are ongoing."

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