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Police remove cordon from area around Ilford car park after discovering ‘dead rough sleeper’

PUBLISHED: 09:29 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:34 31 July 2018

The police cordon around the Ilford Lane side of the Winston Way Car Park. Photo:Aaron Walawalkar

The police cordon around the Ilford Lane side of the Winston Way Car Park. Photo:Aaron Walawalkar

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A police cordon has now been removed from an area of grass next to an Ilford car park this morning (Tuesday, July 31) where officers discovered a man lying dead.

Police appear to collect items at the scene a man, believed to be a rough sleeper, was found dead next to Winston Way car park. Photo: Aaron WalawalkarPolice appear to collect items at the scene a man, believed to be a rough sleeper, was found dead next to Winston Way car park. Photo: Aaron Walawalkar

Officers on the cordon at the Ilford Lane end of the Winston Way Car Park confirmed the dead person was a rough sleeper and that they were called to reports of a dead person lying on the ground at around 7am.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed police were called at 7.11am to reports of a man found deceased in Winston Way.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended.

The death of the man, believed aged in his 50s, is being treated as unexplained at this time but not suspicious.

A member of the public who is frequently in the area said the victim was a man known to occasionally sleep nearby.

He added: “He was always on his own.

“He just used to hang around the car park.”

Formal identification and notifying his next-of-kin awaits.

No arrests have been made.

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