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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.
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.
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".
Seven men were arrested on suspicion of murder this afternoon and are still being questioned by police.
Police have cordoned off the road where a body was found in a well at a property in Surrey.
Scotland Yard confirmed that seven men had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a well in Surrey, police have confirmed.
A diving team is being called in to recover the body from the front garden of a house in Audley Drive, Warlingham.
Police have launched a murder investigation after gardeners discovered a body in a well in Warlingham, Surrey.
Officers were called to the scene in the front garden of a house on Audley Drive.
– Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons
It is a murder investigation. As far as I am concerned, when a body is found in a well, it either fell in there, or was placed in there, and the evidence is apparent that the body was placed in there."
The gardeners were doing clearing work when they found the body at the large house, which stands in an acre of grounds in an affluent area.
– Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons
The body presents a number of logistical challenges. Thewell is two feet in diameter, it is seven feet deep to the water line, and thewater is approximately four feet deep.
"Weneed a police marine diving team, with breathing apparatus, and we need to recover the body intact to preserveforensic evidence. The process of recovery is likely to take some time."
He declined to speculate on how long this might be, but said itwas not going to be a quick recovery.
Police are investigating after a body was discovered in a well in south London.
Officers were called to outside an address in Audley Drive, Warlingham, shortly before 2pm yesterday.
The Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating.
– Metropolitan Police spokesperson
The body, which is an adult, is currently unidentified.
A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course."
The death is being treated as unexplained.
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Today a judge described it as a wholly gratuitous and callous crime before jailing the teenager for 18 years.
Philippa Tomson reports.