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A body of a man has been discovered in a refuse container in a waste transfer station on Transport Avenue, Brentford TW8.

The police were called at around 12.40pm Thursday 19th February and are now searching the surrounding area.

The discovery was made by staff at the depot who originally thought the body had been dismembered as only the legs of the deceased were visible in the container in which he was found.

A Met spokeswoman told the Evening Standard they knew the identity of the man and were in the process of alerting his family. He is believed to be a Polish man in his thirties.

The discovery is just a few hundred yards away from the spot at which Hanwell teenager Alice Gross is believed to have been murdered last August. It is also close to the park where the body of Arnis Zalkalns, the man police say killed her, was found. There is nothing to indicate that this is anything other than a coincidence at this stage.

The Transport Avenue transfer station belongs to the West London Waste Authority and currently handles over 150,000 tonnes of waste each year from the London Boroughs of Richmond, Hounslow and Ealing. Four times a week trains visit the site to take away waste not recycled to a landfill site in Lincolnshire. It is operated by SITA UK Ltd.

Currently the incident is being treated as an unexplained death and enquiries are ongoing.

February 21, 2015