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Benjamin Benit skeleton identified in South Bermondsey

Benjamin Benit, whose body was found in South Bermondsey last month
Image caption Mr Benit was born in London but had a family in Bradford, police have said

A man whose remains were discovered in two locations in south London has been identified as an RAF veteran.

Benjamin Benit, who was born in 1925, may have died several years before his body was found last month, police said.

They think part of Mr Benit's skeleton was wrapped in a sheet and left in Lovelinch Close, South Bermondsey, between 5 and 10 August.

Other remains were then found at his home in Ilderton Road. A man in his 70s has been bailed until later this month.

Mr Benit was born in Southwark, south London, on 6 June 1925 and served in the RAF during World War II, said Det Ch Insp Damian Allain.

"He later spent time living in Bradford, where he had a family.

"He returned to the Southwark area in the early 1980s, and drank in pubs in and around the Old Kent Road and New Cross Road.

"He often told people he played for Millwall Football Club, possibly as a goalkeeper after the war."

Police are treating Mr Benit's death as "unexplained and suspicious" and have started a murder inquiry.

They have appealed for anyone who knew Mr Benit to contact them.

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