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Remains of man found in bag leave police baffled

The skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit were found tied up in a windsurfing bag in a street in South-east London, leaving police mystified as to how he came to be left there.

Security guard Jason Mead, 38, said a man and woman walking their dog in Lovelinch Close, Peckham, yesterday morning alerted him and he saw the bag in some bushes. Scotland Yard said the body had been placed at the scene some time in the past week.

An investigation has been launched into the death, which is being treated as "unexplained".

A police spokesman said: "We believe that the skeletal remains were placed some time between 2pm on Friday 5 August and the early hours of 10 August. The remains are of a white male, believed to be 5ft tall. He was wearing a suit. At this extremely early stage, this is not believed linked to recent disorder." A post-mortem examination is under way.