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Man found dead in Hackney flat not seen since World Cup start

Lee Buckley Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption Lee Buckley's body was found in his flat in Hackney

A man found dead in his east London flat was wearing an England shirt and had not been seen since the start of the World Cup, police have said.

The body of Lee Buckley, 43, was found by police at his home in Ashanti Mews, Hackney, on 21 June.

Det Ch Insp Neale Baldock said a post-mortem examination found "suspicious" injuries.

A 45-year-old man was arrested and has been bailed until next month.

Det Ch Insp Baldock told BBC London 94.9: "It was quite clear Lee had been there for some time. He was wearing a red England shirt and blue jeans at the time.

"I'm keen to piece together a little bit about Lee's life, his movements and his friends and associates.

"The last sighting we have of Lee alive was on the 12th of June at about 6pm. That was the start of the World Cup when Brazil played Croatia so I'm very keen to speak to people that will have seen Lee alive after that date."

The Metropolitan Police initially said Mr Buckley may have been "dead for weeks".

The post-mortem examination could not determine a cause of death. Police are waiting for the results of further tests.

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