A severed head is found in a canal; parts of a baby's body are found strewn across a common; and a woman's body is found in a burning car. The Olympics are well and truly over.
The BBC TV series EastEnders has had the odd murder over the years, but none stranger than the real life murder of a young actress who appeared in more than thirty episodes of the soap. The death of Gemma McCluskie was reported here in March. Her torso was found in the Regent's Canal, and her brother was charged with her murder. Now, six months later, her head has been found in the same canal.
A few miles away south of the River Thames, detectives have issued a public appeal over what appears on the face of it to be another murder. The legs of a baby born within the last two weeks have been found on Tooting Common. About the only thing the police have been able to say so far is that the baby is white; they haven't even been able to determine its sex as yet, but have stressed "We have serious concerns for the mother, or parents, of this child and would urge them to come forward and speak to police or seek medical aid".
Finally, a body found in a burning car in the West County early yesterday morning has been formally identified. Police have named the victim as Catherine Wells-Burr, a 23 year old graduate from Bath Spa University. Stunningly attractive and extremely talented, having achieved a first class degree in Business Management, she had her whole life and a promising career ahead of her, but now she too is now the subject of a murder investigation, although at this stage the police are keeping an open mind.