Police confirm body found in Alice Gross murder inquiry is suspect

Scotland Yard said a body found in Boston Manor Park, west London, on Saturday has been formally identified as that of Arnis Zalkalns - the prime suspect in the Alice Gross murder investigation.

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Alice Gross family 'kept informed' after body discovery

The family of schoolgirl Alice Gross have been kept "informed" about key developments following the discovery of what is believed to be the body of the prime suspect in her murder.

ITV News Reporter Sejal Karia has tweeted the latest updates from the Metropolitan Police:

'Early indications' suggest body may be Arnis Zalkalns

"Early indications" suggest the body found in a west London park "may" be Alice Gross suspect Arnis Zalkalns, police have said.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted:

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Park remains sealed off after discovery of body

A park in west London has remained sealed off after police searching for Alice Gross murder suspect Arnis Zalkalns discovered a body in dense woodland.

Boston Manor Park, which includes the M4 flyover at the Brentford end of the park, remains closed after today's discovery of a body.
The park, which is around a mile from the site where Alice Gross was found, includes a nature trail, children's playground and cafe.
A forensics van could be seen with its back doors open after the park was closed this afternoon.
Police stood guard at all the entrances to the large park, and told people wanting to enter that it was closed.

Forensics working in closed park after body found

Police searching for Alice Gross murder suspect Arnis Zalkalns have closed the park in west London in which a body has been found while forensics teams investigate the scene.

ITV News Reporter Sejal Karia has tweeted an image of the police presence at one of the entrances to Boston Manor Park:

Officers were on guard at all the entrances to the large park and could be seen walking inside it, particularly under the M4 flyover at the Brentford end of the park.

There were yellow ribbons tied to railings on the way into the park, and around a large tree about 200 yards from a forensics van.

A minute's silence was held for Alice Gross before Brentford's Championship game with Reading following the murder of the local schoolgirl. Credit: Tim Parker/EMPICS Sport

Alice Gross police: Body found in dense woodland

Police searching for Latvian builder Arnis Zalkalns - the prime suspect in the murder of London schoolgirl Alice Gross - have confirmed they have found a body in west London.

We can confirm that officers working on the Alice Gross murder investigation, in their continued widening search, have today found the body of a man in dense woodland in Boston Manor Park.

– Metropolitan Police

The park runs close to the River Brent - the river in which the body of the 14-year-old schoolgirl was found on Tuesday.

The map shows the location of Boston Manor Park, close to Brentford, in west London. Credit: Google Maps

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PM to examine 'all the circumstances' of Alice murder

David Cameron has promised to personally look into the circumstances surrounding the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross, whose body was found on Tuesday in west London.

David Cameron speaking in Kabul. Credit: TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Speaking to reporters in Kabul after a visit to Afghanistan, Mr Cameron said "I will look at all the circumstances of the case: what lessons there are to learn, whether that is about exchanging information or whether that's about the importance of keeping our country safe."

"I am going to look at that and I will come back to you," he added.

The Prime Minister described the death of Alice, who went missing on August 28, as a "horrific case", saying: "Anyone with a daughter will have just felt sickened by what has happened and what that poor family has had to go through."

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Police seize CCTV of Arnis Zalkans at Isleworth ATM

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they have seized CCTV footage of Arnis Zalkans withdrawing money from an ATM at a Co-op in Isleworth.

Zalkans is the main suspect in the murder of Alice Gross, and has not been seen for four weeks.

The recording was made on September 2nd - one day before Zalkans was last seen.

Police say they currently have no plans to release the footage.

Alice Gross' sister criticises BBC over 'insensitive' debate

The sister of Alice Gross has criticised the BBC's Question Time programme over a discussion about immigration related to Alice's murder.

Nina Gross wrote on Twitter:

The show's panel had discussed whether criminals should be allowed to move freely across European borders, a reference to Latvian builder Arnis Zalkalns, a suspect in Alice's murder.

The official BBC Question Time account replied:

Nina, 19, thanked the BBC for the apology.

Further tests carried out today on body of Alice Gross

Further tests will be carried out on the body of murder victim Alice Gross, after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

The body of the 14-year-old schoolgirl, who went missing on August 28, was recovered from the River Brent in west London on Tuesday.

The post-mortem at Uxbridge mortuary took two days due to the "complex nature" of the investigation, Scotland Yard said.

In a statement, police said:

The post-mortem examination into the murder of 14-year-old Alice Gross has now concluded.

No cause of death has been given at this time and further tests are required.

– Scotland Yard
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