THE body of a murdered man from Rossendale has been found inside a wheelie bin in London.

Police discovered the body of Shaun Corey, 42, in the bin inside a house in Lewisham.

It is believed the body had been in the bin for some time.

The body was discovered last Wednesday when officers were called to a house in Stanstead Road, Forest Hill.

A post-mortem examination on Friday at Greenwich Mortuary has yet to determine the cause of death.

Karen Otmani, 40, of Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, appeared at Greenwich Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with Mr Corey’s murder.

A 58-year-old man has also been bailed until August and another man, aged 46, has been released without charge.

Lancashire Police officers are now liaising with their counterparts from London Metropolitan Police’s homicide and serious crime command.

Murder detectives have also set up an incident room.

One line of enquiry is that Mr Corey had been reported missing.

His family, who live in the Bacup and Rawtenstall area, were informed by family liaison officers from Lancashire Constabulary on Friday.

Det Insp Jim Elston said: “I can confirm that Lancashire Constabulary is working with the Metropolitan Police to support a Rossendale family with the tragic loss of a relative.

“Lancashire Constabulary has instructed a Family Liaison Officer to help the family at this difficult time.”

Crime scene investigators have been working at the scene all weekend, removing furniture and other items from the house.

Det Ch Insp Damian Allain, who is leading the investigation, said: "It is very early in our investigation and we are trying to establish the full circumstances of this death.

“One line of enquiry is that the dead man may be a missing person and we would like to hear from anyone who has seen people coming and going into 251a Stanstead Road.

“If you have any information please call the incident room on 020 8721 4805 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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