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Murder squad officers investigate after man's body found

The roads were cordoned off near where the man was found Credit: @Adila_Rose/Twitter

Murder squad detectives are investigating after a man was found dead in bushes in south London.

Police were called to Sydenham Hill at 8pm yesterday and cordoned off the area.

London Ambulance paramedics also attended and the man, aged in his mid-30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers also found a gun. They are now appealing for witnesses and information as they investigate the death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

The man's relatives have been informed, but he has not yet been formally identified. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled later.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons from the Homicide and Major Crime Command is heading the investigation. There have been no arrests.

Credit: @Adila_Rose/Twitter

Met Police statement on 'racist online forum' claims

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Statement from the Metropolitan Police on allegations that officers used a secret online forum to express racist views about some ethnic groups:

We can confirm that concerns were raised in April 2015 with the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) regarding comments made by some members of a group on Facebook.

The group administrators have set the privacy settings for the group as "secret" but we understand it to include former and serving MPS officers among its members.

DPS is assessing the information it has received to determine whether any serving MPS officer or staff may have committed any acts of misconduct and will also look to see if any criminal offences may have been committed. Should either be disclosed they will be fully investigated.

Subsequent to these concerned being raised in April, the MPS was contacted in June 2015 by a group representing the traveller community with concerns about the same Facebook group.

We have responded to confirm that the concerns raised by the group and the information it has provided are also being looked at in detail as part of the DPS assessment.

If anyone is aware of behaviour in any setting, including online, that they believe falls short of the high standards we set for our officers or police staff we would encourage them to report it to us.

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