Sabina Nessa: 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder after teacher killed on walk

The Metropolitan Police said they had arrested a man, 38, on suspicion of the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa on September 23 at around 8:15pm. Sabina, 28, is believed by the Met to have been murdered on Friday, September 17, at around 8:30pm a short distance from her home in London.

Speaking on Thursday, the Met Police said the man held by detectives investigating the murder of Sabina Nessa was arrested at an address in Lewisham, south east London and remains in custody.

The force has released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to, which show him walking in Pegler Square on the evening Sabina was attacked.

It has also released an image of a silver vehicle captured in the Pegler Square area which detectives believe the man has access to, and urged anyone who recognises him or the vehicle to contact the force immediately.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our team have 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.”

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This is the second arrest the Metropolitan Police has made in connection with the attack.

On Saturday, detectives arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of murder, who was then released under further investigation.

Sabina had been walking to meet a friend at a pub in Kidbrooke, south east London, on Friday on a journey that should have taken just five minutes when she was fatally attacked near Cator Park.

The 28-year-old’s body was found near the OneSpace community centre in the park off Kidbrooke Park Road, Greenwich, at 5.30pm on Saturday.

Sabina’s body, which was “off the track that you would normally walk”, was found by someone walking their dog, Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry said.

He added on Thursday the possibility the primary school teacher was attacked by a stranger is “definitely a line of enquiry that we’re looking at”.

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