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A man and a woman have been arrested after human remains were found in a London park.

Police identified the remains as human in Rowdown Fields, Croydon on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed on Saturday that they have arrested a 44-year-old man and 48-year-old woman on suspicion of murder, and they’re both still in police custody.

A post-mortem examination is set to take place today.

DI Martin Thorpe said: ‘I understand the significant concern this discovery will have caused to local people, and I want to thank the community for their patience.

‘I can confirm our work at the location is complete and we believe that the remains found are those of one person.

More remains have since been found (Picture: UKNIP)
Police have cordoned off a large area of the fields (Picture: UKNIP)

‘Although we are unable to formally identify the victim at this time, my team are working around the clock in order to do so.

‘Their enquiries have made significant progress and I will provide a further update as soon as possible.

‘We remain in contact with partners and local community members. I am grateful to them for their support.’

The remains were first found at around 9am on Tuesday, and since then more remains have been found in the park.

Superintendent Lewis Collins said: ‘This is a very disturbing discovery and over the last day or so, the community in our borough has pulled together to give officers the space they need to carry out this important work.’

The confirmation of human remains in Croydon comes as human bones were also discovered on a popular UK beach.

Remains were discovered on Seaburn beach near Queen’s Parade in Sunderland on Good Friday, the start of the Easter long weekend.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: ‘We have received reports of bones or suspected body parts being found at Seaburn and Roker beaches in Sunderland over recent weeks.

‘We have now confirmed that some of these are human and we are currently treating the discoveries as unexplained.’

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