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John Woodward death: Man arrested in Albania after 'murder' of builder on Hatton Garden roof

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A man has been arrested in Albania on suspicion of murdering a builder found injured on the roof of a commercial building in central London nearly a year ago.


A murder probe was launched in April last year after police were called to reports of an injured man on the roof of the Pressman Mastermelts building in Hatton Garden.

The victim, 47-year-old builder John Woodward who was carrying out work at the site, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a 22-year-old Albanian national had been arrested by Albanian authorities in the city of Durres on Thursday on suspicion of murder, following an international extradition request.

The man remains in custody pending further work as part of the extradition process and Mr Woodward’s family have been informed of the developments, the force added.

Scotland Yard said that while initial reports indicated that Mr Woodward may have fallen from a height, a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder the day after the attack, but was subsequently de-arrested for the murder offence after questioning, and then arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. But this offence has since not been proceeded with, the Met added.

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