UK probe ‘spy’ death in London

2010-08-25 12:13
London - British police were investigating on Wednesday the suspicious death of a man in London who media reports suggest was a spy working for the foreign intelligence agency MI6.

Detectives said the body of the man, believed to be in his 30s, was found on Monday afternoon in the top-floor flat of an upmarket building within walking distance of the MI6 headquarters on the River Thames.

According to The Sun newspaper, the man had worked for GCHQ, the government's communication monitoring centre, but was on secondment with MI6. The report said his body was found in a suitcase in the bathroom.

The victim's cellphone and a number of SIM cards were carefully laid out elsewhere in the flat, according to a separate report in the Daily Mail.

"Detectives are investigating a suspicious death following the discovery of the body of a man in a central London flat," a police statement said, adding that a post-mortem was due to be carried out on Wednesday.

Officers had visited the flat in Westminster after reports that the occupant had not been seen for some time, the statement said.

The road remained cordoned off on Wednesday and curtains were drawn in the flat where the body was believed to have been found.

Eileen Booth, 73, who lives opposite the building where the body was found, said detectives had been visiting neighbours as part of their investigation, adding: "They said this probably happened two weeks ago."
 

Read more on:    mi6  |  espionage
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News
 

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?

Motorcycle deaths are on track to decline for a second year in the US thanks to a so far - on bikes - little-used road safety accessory.

 

Stay safe

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?
Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is crucial to look twice before signing anything important right now. While Mercury is in retrograde strange things can happen,...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.