Murder probe over body found in burned-out car in Basildon

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A murder inquiry has been launched after a man's body was found in a burned-out car on a housing estate.

Police called to Pincey Mead, near Pitsea Road, Basildon, shortly before 17:00 GMT on Saturday found the body in a grey Audi A4.

He has been named locally as 30-year-old Vilson Meshi. A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

Det Insp Steve Ellis of Essex Police said he wanted to hear from witnesses.

"This happened in a residential neighbourhood so I am hopeful someone will have seen or heard something.

"I'm keen to speak to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or spotted anyone acting suspiciously in the area."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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