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Man arrested on suspicion of 1980 murder in Westminster

News   •   May 06, 2021 11:20 BST

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Westminster in 1980 have made an arrest.

On Wednesday, 5 May, a 59-year-old man was arrested at a west London police station on suspicion of murder.

He has been released under investigation in relation to the murder but has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

On 6 June 1980, officers attended a residential property in Kensington Gardens Square, W2 after concerns were raised about the occupant of the address. Anthony Bird, then 41, was found deceased inside the property.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of his death was strangulation.

Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are appealing for Anthony's relatives or anyone with information about the case to contact the incident room on 0208 785 8267. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.