Murder investigation launched after suspected hit and run in Dagenham car park

A 47-year-old man was fatally injured in a car park in Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham. Picture: PA/Y

A 47-year-old man was fatally injured in a car park in Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham. Picture: PA/Yui Mok - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally injured in a Dagenham car park.

Police were called to Whalebone Lane South at 11.43pm last night (Sunday, September 13) to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian.

A 47-year-old man was found seriously injured and died at the scene a short time later.

Efforts to locate his next of kin are ongoing and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

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.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley said: “We believe the victim was deliberately harmed and we are treating this incident as a murder inquiry.

“We need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious.”

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There have been no arrests.

Anyone who saw what happened or has information is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD 8443/13Sep, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.