Man arrested over death of teacher who was ‘murdered in park’

Sabina Nessa was found dead after disappearing while on her way to meet a friend on Friday.

Man arrested over death of teacher who was ‘murdered in park’ Metropolitan Police via Metropolitan Police
Sabina Nessa: Teacher found dead in London.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a teacher found dead near a London Park, police have said.

Sabina Nessa, 28, was found dead on Saturday afternoon – a day after she disappeared while on her way to meet a friend.

It is believed she was attacked while making her way through the city’s Cator Park.

The 38-year-old suspect was arrested at an address in Lewisham on Thursday and is being held in custody.

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It comes after the force issued CCTV images of a man walking in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke, on the evening Ms Nessa was attacked as well as an image of a silver vehicle they believe he has access to.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our team have been working tirelessly to find the person responsible for Sabina’s murder and this has included an extensive trawl of CCTV, work which remains ongoing.

“We would ask anyone – especially those in Kidbrooke and the wider area of Lewisham and Greenwich – to take a careful look at these images to check whether you know who this man is or have seen him over recent days.

“Any information as to his identity or whereabouts could be vital for our investigation so we are asking you to share this image far and wide to ensure as many people as possible see it.”

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Ms Nessa had been walking to meet a friend at a pub in Kidbrooke, south east London, on Friday on a journey that should have taken just five minutes when she was fatally attacked near Cator Park.

Her body was found near the OneSpace community centre at Kidbrooke Park Road in the Royal Borough of Greenwich at around 5.30pm on Saturday.

This is the second arrest the Metropolitan Police has made in connection with the attack.

On Saturday, detectives arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of murder, who was then released under further investigation.