Man’s body is found in wheelie bin behind Waitrose store in north London

A man’s body has been found in a wheelie bin behind a Waitrose in Islington, north London – less than half a mile away from Arsenal’s football stadium.

Police have launched an investigation after the discovery near the supermarket’s car park at 4pm last night.

A forensic tent was set up on Tollington Road while officers tried to identify the man.

The Metropolitan Police wrote on Twitter last night: ‘Officers are at a scene in Tollington Road #Islington where a man’s body was found in a wheelie bin at approx 4pm on Saturday.

‘Central North officers working to establish identity. Death being treated as unexplained at this stage and no arrest. Post-mortem to be arranged.’

A spokesman for the Met added: ‘Police were called to Tollington Road, Islington, shortly before 4pm on Saturday, May 11, to reports of a man’s body found in a wheelie bin.

‘Officers attended. Road closures have been put in place at the scene. 

‘Detectives are working to establish the man’s identity. At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained.’

It comes after a reported spike in drug dealing in the supermarket car park, with one resident claiming people ‘smoking crack’ and ‘screaming’ had become a common feature on Shelburne Road, according to the Islington Gazette.

There is no suggestion the death is drug related.

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