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Police were called to a car park in Whalebone Lane South on Sunday the Victim has been named as John Avers.

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Detectives investigating a murder in Dagenham have named the 47-year-old victim.

Police were called to a car park in Whalebone Lane South at11.43pm  on Sunday, 13 September, to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian.

Officers attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service. A 47-year-old man was found seriously injured and died at the scene a short time later.

The man has been formally identified as John Avers. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

A post-mortem examination found that John died from multiple injuries.

At this early stage, homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command believe the man was hit by a car, which left the scene. Extensive enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime North team, leads the investigation. He said: “My thoughts are with John’s family at this very sad time.

“I and my officers believe John was deliberately harmed and we are treating this incident as a murder inquiry. We are using every available tactic to trace who was responsible for John’s death.

“I know that there were people in the area and I am asking them to tell us what they saw or heard. If you know anything at all about this horrible crime, please don’t keep it to yourself.

“If you don’t want to talk to us, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously. The most important thing you can do is share what you know.”

At this stage there have been no arrests.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 8443/13Sep.Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

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