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Body of elderly man found stuffed in recycling plant freezer as man, 50, arrested

The body was found stuffed inside a freezer which had been transported from Birmingham to Warwickshire and West Midlands Police said it had been moved during a flat clearance

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of an elderly man was found inside a freezer at a recycling plant.

Police were called after the victim’s corpse was found stuffed inside the container which had been transported from Birmingham to Warwickshire.

The grim discovery was made at a recycling unit based on a large industrial estate on Colliery Lane, in Exhall, Warwickshire, on Friday, August 21, at around 5pm.

West Midlands Police said the freezer had been moved during a flat clearance at a housing association in Birmingham.

A 50-year-old man, believed to be known to the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody being quizzed by officers.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We’ve launched a murder investigation after a body was found at a recycling unit in Warwickshire on Friday, August 21.

“We were made aware that a freezer – transported to a waste management centre in Colliery Lane, Exhall – had been opened and the body of an elderly man had been discovered.

“The freezer had been moved from a flat clearance by a housing association in Birmingham.

“A post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow – Wednesday – which will help identify the man.

“Today – Tuesday – a 50-year-old man, who is believed to have been known to the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody in Derby.

“Enquiries continue and anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat 8am – midnight or call 101 anytime.

“Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log 2654 of August 21.”