POLICE LAUNCHED a murder investigation after the body of a 51 year old man was found in a first floor flat in Hood Road, Rainham, on Monday, 2nd October. A post mortem on Wednesday gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.
The body has not been formally identified, but the victim was later named as Rodney Parlour. His next of kin have been informed.
Police had been alerted by a nearby resident who was concerned about the welfare of their neighbour. They made a forced entry into the flat and found the body of the occupant, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe they know the identity of the deceased many, but formal identification is awaited. There will be a post mortem in due course.
Later on Monday evening police arrested a 46 year old man in Hornchurch. He was held in custody at an East London police station but then released on bail pending further inquiries. Police believe the man they arrested was known to the deceased.
On Thursday, 5th October, police arrested Mark Croxson, 47. Police have asked the public to come forward with any information about Rodney Parlour and/or Mark Croxson so that they can try to establish how and when the murder occurred.
•Anyone with any information, no matter how small, is asked to contact the Barking incident room on 020-8345 1570. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800-555 111, where you can give information anonymously.
•STORY UPDATE: In the early hours of Saturday, 7th October, Mark Croxson was charged with the murder of Rodney Parlour. He was due to appear in Barkingside Magistrates’ Court later that day. The police investigation continues and police are still asking members of the public to come forward with information.