Arrest after body found in burnt-out van

PUBLISHED: 14:48 04 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 22 October 2010

A man was being interviewed by murder squad detectives today after a body was discovered in a burnt-out van in Wisbech.

A man was being interviewed by murder squad detectives today after a body was discovered in a burnt out van in Wisbech.

Police were alerted by the fire service shortly before 3am yesterday, following reports of a vehicle fire in Turnpike Court, off Norwich Road.

The blazing blue Renault Trafic, which had Lithuanian number plates, was found to contain the body of a man in his thirties. His name has yet to be released.

The area was cordoned off while forensic specialists inspected the scene and the van was later removed for further examination.

A post mortem carried out on the victim at Peterborough District Hospital by Home Office pathologist Dr Ken Shorrock proved inconclusive, pending the result of toxicology tests.

A 42-year-old Wisbech man was arrested on suspicion of murder last night and taken to the town's police station, where he remains in custody.

Officers were conducting house-to-house inquiries in Turnpike Court and Norwich Road today and Det Chief Insp Paul Fullwood, who is leading the investigation, appealed for witnesses.

"I would still like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area around Turnpike Court late on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday morning," he said.

"Any information, no matter how minor it seems, could assist our inquiries so if you know anything you think could help, please call."

Information can be passed to Det Chief Insp Fullwood on 0845 456 4564 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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