Canning Town freezer bodies: Man charged with preventing burials

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Image caption Police found the women’s remains at a flat in Vandome Close

A man has been charged with preventing the lawful burial of two women whose bodies were found in a freezer.

The pair’s remains were found clothed and on top of each other at a flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, east London, on Friday.

Detectives have said it may take a week before the women are formally identified.

Zarhid Younis, 34, of Vandome Close, is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Scotland Yard said.

He faces two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.

Speaking on Wednesday, Det Ch Insp Simon Harding said a chest freezer, measuring a few feet wide, had been removed from the crime scene.

Work to identify the women was ongoing, he said, and post-mortem examinations would be carried out on Friday.

There are fears for Mary-Jane Mustafa, 37, who went missing last May.

The Met has appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in the last year to contact them.

A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been under investigation.

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