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Body of woman found ‘in suitcase’ at London hostel

Police have started an investigation after the find at the Pay and Sleep hostel in Southall, west London.

Police officer outside the Pay and Sleep hostel in The Crescent, Southall, London
Police officer outside the Pay and Sleep hostel in The Crescent, Southall, London
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THE BODY OF a woman has been found in a suitcase at a hostel in west London, according to residents.

The Metropolitan Police were called to the Pay and Sleep hostel in The Crescent, Southall, shortly before 3pm on Friday after a body was found.

The police said the death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries to identify the woman are ongoing.

A resident of the hostel, who gave his name as Martin, said the woman had been a “very good person”.

“I know it was found in a suitcase, the body,” he said.

“She was my good friend.”

Martin said he had known the woman for “about five years” when he lived in Acton.

“We had similar friends. Nice girl, very nice and friendly,” he said. “A very good person.”

Another resident, Lisa, said the woman’s boyfriend had gone missing following the incident.

“She lived in the floor up at the top. We were told by one of the other Polish guys that she’d gone to Victoria coach station,” she said.

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“No one could get hold of her but now we know why.

“Her boyfriend has gone missing, because she had someone living in the room with her. We don’t know where he is.

“She was a lovely girl, she kept herself to herself.”

A Met spokesman declined to comment on the circumstances. No arrests have been made and officers remain at the scene.

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