Funeral director arrested after maggot-ridden bodies found in storage unit

A funeral director has been arrested after four "maggot-ridden" bodies were allegedly found in a self-storage unit in Wembley, north-west London.

Met Police officers were called at around 9.30am last Friday (July 15) and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

A spokesperson for the Met said: "A man has been arrested after four bodies were found at business premises in Wembley."

"The 50-year-old man – who operates a funeral director business – was arrested after police were called at around 9:30am on Friday, July 15, to premises in Water Road, Wembley.

"Four bodies were recovered at the premises, which did not have specialist equipment installed.

"Urgent enquiries were conducted to establish the identity of the deceased and to notify affected families.

"All of the deceased were elderly. The deaths have not been treated as being suspicious."

It is understood that the bodies have been passed to Co-op Funeralcare.

A source told MirrorOnline that the man under investigation “doesn't have his own premises and tries to rent facilities off others in the London area."

They added that the bodies were allegedly found to be "maggot-ridden" due to being stored in unrefrigerated conditions spring the recent hot weather.

An industry source told the Mirror that the deceased, all of whom were elderly, were left "lying on pallets" in non-refrigerated conditions.

They said: "It's absolutely horrendous and very distressing for the families."

Det Supt Barry Loader of the Met's North West BCU said: "I know these will be concerning developments for local people, and in particular those directly affected by what has happened.

"Through the hard work and commitment of colleagues from Specialist Crime, all of the deceased have been identified, their families have been informed and subsequently the bodies returned to the families following consultation with HM Coroner.

"The Met has provided dedicated family liaison officers to those affected. I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak with their local Safer Neighbourhoods officers or to call the Met on 101."

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