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Man charged over bodies of two women found in freezer

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Detectives investigating the discovery of two women’s bodies in a freezer in east London have charged a man with two counts of preventing their lawful burial.

The women’s bodies were discovered in a flat in Canning Town last Friday and detectives are still working to formally identify both women and trace their next of kin.

Metropolitan Police charged 34-year-old Zarhid Younis, of Vandome Close, Canning Town, with two counts of preventing the decent and lawful burial of the women, whose bodies were found in a flat in the same street.

He was due to appear at Wimbledon magistrates court in south-west London on Thursday.

Police arrested a 50-year-old man on Monday on suspicion of murder. They have since released him while their investigations continue.

They arrested a 34-year-old man on Tuesday.

DCI Simon Harding said identification of the bodies could take days as the crime scene was “one of the most challenging and complex” he had seen in his 28-year career.

“It’s such an unusual scene,” he said. “I haven’t really seen something like this where the nature of the two bodies being frozen as they are.

“They are clothed, which I can say, and that’s also causing a complexity to it as we wait to start a postmortem.”

He could not say whether the pair were adults and said DNA testing was under way as detectives work with the National Crime Agency and missing persons groups to find out who they are. “We could be a week away from identifying them,” he said.

He added: “I would appeal to anyone who has visited this address over the last year, or has information about people who frequented the property, to come forward and speak to my team.

“I am aware that casts a wide net in terms of my appeal but we do need to build up an accurate picture of life at that flat and what occurred there.”

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