Large area of Hyde Park cordoned off as body found


The death of a man found close to a tourist hotspot in central London is being treated as suspicious.

A member of the public found the man with injuries in Hyde Park shortly before 6am on Friday. He was dead when officers arrived at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.

The force set up a cordon spanning a huge area of the park following what an officer at the scene called an "unexplained death".

Police at the scene in Hyde Park (Jonathan Brady/PA)
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

The body, found close to Speakers' Corner, could be seen under a tree as investigators in white crime scene suits erected a tent over it. At least 30 officers were at the scene.

One officer was heard telling a member of the public that the incident "happened in the last couple of hours and we are trying to get to the bottom of it".

A police tent in Hyde Park (Jonathan Brady/PA)
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

In a statement, the force said: "This incident is being treated as suspicious. No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing."

The Met said next of kin have not yet been informed and asked anyone with information to contact them.