Murder investigation launched in London’s Hatton Garden

A murder probe has been launched after a builder was ‘viciously attacked’ at work.

The 47-year-old man was pronounced dead shortly after 3pm on Tuesday after police responded to reports he was injured on the roof of a commercial building in Hatton Garden, central London.

Scotland Yard said initial reports indicated he may have fallen from height, but officers now believe he was the victim of a ‘serious assault’.

Scotland Yard has launched a murder investigation after a builder was found dead in Hatton Garden in London on Tuesday afternoon. Initial reports suggested he had fallen to his death, but a post mortem found he was the victim of a ‘serious assault’

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon on Hatton Garden in London, file photograph

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon on Hatton Garden in London, file photograph

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Marks said: ‘At this early stage in the inquiry, it is believed that the victim was viciously attacked by an unknown suspect, inflicting injuries that have resulted in his death.’

The Metropolitan Police said the victim, a builder, had been carrying out work at the building.

His next of kin have been informed, but formal identification has not taken place.

A post-mortem examination will be held on Thursday.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday and taken to a south London police station. He was later de-arrested for murder but is being held on suspicion of assisting an offender. 

Detectives are hunting a second man who made off from Hatton Garden before boarding a central line train at Chancery Lane Tube station at around 2.15pm.

He is described as a white male, aged in his mid 20s, who was wearing a navy blue fleece jacket, blue jeans and brown work boots.

Appealing for witnesses, Mr Marks added: ‘Were you in the Hatton Garden area at that time and did you see a man running towards Chancery Lane, or otherwise acting suspiciously?

‘We would urge you to come forward as soon as possible.’ 

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