Murder arrest at Heathrow Airport after man hit by car

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A man was arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of murder hours after another man was hit by a car and killed in east London, police said.

On Sunday, Metropolitan Police officers were called to reports of a crash between a car and pedestrian in Barking Road, Newham, at 05:11 GMT.

A man, 35, found injured at the scene near the junction with Arragon Road, died a short time later, the force say.

A 33-year-old man was arrested at the airport at 15:30 GMT.

The Met added that a 30-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They both remain in custody, a statement said.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanna Yorke, who is leading the investigation, said: "I am aware that a large number of people had been at an event in Barking Road overnight and many would have witnessed the incident. I am appealing for those people to come forward immediately.

"Your information could be vital to the investigation."

She said although police do not believe there to be any risk to the wider community, officers would remain in the area over the coming days to provide reassurance.

Ms Yorke added: "My thoughts are with the victim's family at what will be an incredibly difficult time for them. Our family liaison officers will support them as our inquiries continue."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 1281/24Mar.