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11/09/2015 05:59 BST | Updated 11/09/2015 06:59 BST

Human Remains 'Wrapped In Ikea Bags' Found By London Boating Lake

Human remains reportedly wrapped in plastic Ikea bags have been found at a London beauty spot.

The body parts were found at Hollow Ponds, a popular boating spot in Epping Forest, Leytonstone on Wednesday, police confirmed.

A source who asked not to be named told the Waltham Forest Guardian: “They found the body wrapped in blue plastic bags.

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The remains were found at Hollow Ponds in Epping Forest on Wednesday (file picture)

“It looked like someone had dug a hole to try and bury it but it wasn’t properly covered.

“The horrendous smell drew him to the spot. They couldn’t tell if it was a man, woman or child or anything.”

Another source told the Mirror a member of the public had found the remains after noticing rats scurrying around bushes close to the area.

He said: “They had a look in the bushes and saw something wrapped in an Ikea bag that the rats were trying to eat. I think they could smell it too.”

A spokesman for Met said: "Police were called at approximately 7.05pm on Wednesday, 9 September to reports of a body found near James Lane, Epping Forest, E11.

"Enquiries are underway into the circumstances."