Body was in well for two years

A body found in a well outside a home in Surrey had been been there for around two years, police now believe. Seven men who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.

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Police: Unidentified body had been in well for two years

Police investigating a body found in a well in Surrey have established that the victim was bound up before being place in the well by a third party around two years ago.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, who leads the investigation, revealed:

Our enquiries continue to try and establish the identity of this male. These enquiries have included reviewing missing person reports but this process may take some time.

I would like to thank the public for their positive response to our appeals so far and specifically those in the local community who have been supportive throughout the disruption caused by police and media in their neighbourhood.

Given the complex nature of this investigation, it is likely that forensic work at the property will continue for a further month as we attempt to secure all available evidence.

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Seven men being questioned over body found in well

Officers from the Underwater and Confined Space Search Team carried out the recovery operation of the body yesterday at the Surrey home. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Seven men, aged between 21 and 27, will continue to be questioned today after being arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a body in a well in Surrey.

The body was recovered by specialist diving teams yesterday at a large property in Audley Drive, Warlingham.

A post-mortem is due to take place at East Surrey Hospital mortuary today.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 020 8721 4961 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Body discovered in Surrey well removed by police

A body found in a well outside a home in Surrey has been removed by police, Scotland Yard said.

Officers from the Underwater and Confined Space Search Team during the recovery operation. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The procedure to remove the body was completed this afternoon and seven men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The grim discovery was made by workmen as they were doing cleaning work in the front garden of the large property in Audley Drive, Warlingham.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Specialist officers, including Metropolitan Police divers, attended the scene and the process of recovering the body from the well has been completed."

A post-mortem examination will take place at East Surrey Hospital mortuary tomorrow afternoon.

Body in well has now been removed

A body found in a well in south London has now been removed, police say.

The grim discovery was made by workmen at a private house in Warlingham, Surrey, yesterday afternoon.

Seven men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two men found the body as they were doing clearing work in the front garden of the large property in Audley Drive, which stands in an acre of grounds in an affluent area.

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Marine divers attempt recovery of body from well

Officers from the Underwater and Confined Space Search Team are attempting to remove the body of an adult from an ornamental well in a garden in Surrey.

The marine diving team during the operation to remove the remains of an adult from a well in a graden in Surrey
The marine diving team during the operation to remove the remains of an adult from a well in a graden in Surrey Credit: PA

Police said the process is likely to take some time as the positioning of the body in the four-foot deep well presents a number of logistical challenges".

A member of the police diving team in Surrey.
A member of the police diving team in Surrey. Credit: PA

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of murder this afternoon and are still being questioned by police.

*Read: Neighbours had 'expressed concern' over house *

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Police cordon off road after body found in well

Police activity near a property in Warlingham, Surrey, where a body was found in a well.
Police activity near a property in Warlingham, Surrey, where a body was found in a well. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Police have cordoned off the road where a body was found in a well at a property in Surrey.

Forensics experts outside the home in Audley Drive, in Warlingham, Surrey.
Forensics experts outside the home in Audley Drive, in Warlingham, Surrey. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Scotland Yard confirmed that seven men had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Body had been in well for only 'a matter of weeks'

The body recovered from an ornamental well in a Surrey garden had not been there for more than a matter of weeks, Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons told reporters at the scene.

He said: "It's not been there for an extended period of time, it will be a matter of weeks at the most."

He was not prepared to discuss who lives in the house, or a suggestion that the body was wrapped in carpet. He could not confirm or deny whether the body was intact.

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Neighbours had 'expressed concern' over house

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons confirmed that residents on the street where a body has been found in an ornamental well outside a house had previously "expressed concern" about the the people who lived there.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons is leading the investigation into the body found in a well in Surrey.
Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons is leading the investigation into the body found in a well in Surrey. Credit: PA

Asked about claims by local residents that there had been trouble over the past couple of years with the people who lived in the house, and that police had been called many times, he said: "The residents have expressed concern, there is intelligence to support that notion, yes."

He said removing the body would take at least the best part of today.

Read: Body had been in well for only 'a matter of weeks'

Body discovered in well: Pictures from the scene

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found down a seven-foot well in Surrey.

Police are still trying to recover the body from a front garden in Audley Drive in Warlingham.

A diving team has been called to the scene.

A forensics tent is put up over the well in Audley Drive.
A forensics tent is put up over the well in Audley Drive. Credit: ITV News/ Robyn Dwyer
Police tape cordoning off the back of the property.
Police tape cordons off the back of the property. Credit: ITV News/ Robyn Dwyer
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