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Sabina Nessa murder: Hunt for man caught on CCTV as police arrest suspect

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering teacher Sabina Nessa – as police issue CCTV images of another man they wish to speak to over her death.

The 38-year-old suspect was arrested at an address in Lewisham and is currently in custody for questioning.

It is the second arrest in relation to Ms Nessa’s murder. A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation, the Metropolitan Police said previously.

Sabina Nessa's body was identified on Monday. Pic: Met Police
Image: Sabina Nessa’s body was identified on Monday. Pic: Met Police

The CCTV images are of another man detectives wish to speak to in relation to the murder.

The stills show him walking in Pegler Square, SE3, on the evening Ms Nessa was attacked.

The force has also released an image of a silver vehicle they believe the man had access to, which was also seen in the area.

Police have urged anyone who recognises the man and vehicle to contact them immediately.

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Image: Police wish to speak to the man in these images. Pic: Met Police
The silver vehicle the police are hoping to trace. Pic: Met Police
Image: The silver vehicle the police are hoping to trace. Pic: Met Police

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our team has been working tirelessly to find the person responsible for Sabina’s murder and this has included an extensive trawl of CCTV, work which remains ongoing.

“We would ask anyone – especially those in Kidbrooke and the wider area of Lewisham and Greenwich – to take a careful look at these images to check whether you know who this man is or have seen him over recent days.

“Any information as to his identity or whereabouts could be vital for our investigation so we are asking you to share this image far and wide to ensure as many people as possible see it.”

The Depot bar in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village where Sabina Nessa was due to meet a friend on Friday. The 28-year-old teacher had been walking to meet a friend at the pub in south east London, on a journey that should have taken just five minutes when she was fatally attacked near Cator Park. Picture date: Thursday September 23, 2021.
Image: Sabina Nessa was on her way to The Depot bar in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, five minutes from her home

Ms Nessa, who taught at Rushey Green Primary School, was walking to meet a friend in a pub when she was attacked in Cator Park in southeast London at around 8.30pm last Friday.

The 28-year-old’s body was found “off the track” by someone walking their dog on Saturday morning close to the OneSpace community cafe, inside the park.

A post-mortem examination, carried out on Monday, was inconclusive.

The main locations in the investigation
Image: The main locations in the investigation

Reclaim These Streets, set up in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard, said it will hold a vigil in Peglar Square at 7pm on Friday.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 0208 721 4266 or Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.