Scotland Yard has issued fresh CCTV in its investigation into the murder of Sabina Nessa, who was found dead in Cator Park, in the South London borough of Greenwich
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Detectives investigating the murder of schoolteacher Sabina Nessa have released CCTV video footage of a man urgently being sought by police.
Scotland Yard footage and moving CCTV still captures of the man which show him walking in Pegler Square in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on the evening the 28-year-old was attacked.
A 12-second clip shows a balding man wearing a black hooded coat and grey jeans looking over his shoulder and pulling at his hood as he walks down a path.
The Met spokesperson told the Mirror earlier today the force was not speculating about the appearance of the man’s hands or reports of how Sabina may have been killed.
Earlier today reports claim police sources believe she was pounced upon and attacked with a hammer just moments after leaving her flat on what should have been a five-minute walk across a park to her pub date.
Detectives have also released an image, captured in the Pegler Square area of Kidbrooke, of a silver car they believe the man has access to.
The Met has appealed for anyone who recognised either to contact the force immediately.
Detective chief inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said “an extensive trawl” of CCTV in the area continued and said information on the man’s identity and whereabouts could be “vital” to the investigation.
Sabina was walking to meet a date at The Depot bar in Pegler Square near her home at around 8.30pm last Friday when she was attacked.
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A member of the public found her body under a pile of leaves close to the OneSpace community centre in Cator Park, in the borough of Greenwich, on Saturday at around 5.30pm.
The Metropolitan Police said a 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Sabina’s murder.
The suspect was arrested at an address in Lewisham on Thursday and is being questioned in custody.
It is the second arrest Scotland Yard has made in connection with the attack.
On Saturday, detectives arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of murder before he was released under further investigation.
Ms Nessa’s cousin Zubel Ahmed remembered her as a “beautiful soul” who loved teaching, telling the BBC that she “was the most caring person – kindest, sweetest girl you could meet”.
Lisa Williams, the head of Rushey Green Primary School where Ms Nessa taught, said staff and pupils are “taking our time to reflect and process the devastating news” of her death and will be remembering the teacher privately.
In a statement, Mrs Williams said: “We have shared the details about the vigil with our school community and some people may be attending on a personal level to privately pay their respects.
“As a school we are taking our time to reflect and process the devastating news we received this week, and will be commemorating Sabina in our own way.”
The vigil is being held on Friday evening at 7pm at Pegler Square, and people who cannot attend are being encouraged to hold a candle at their doorstep at the same time.
Reclaim These Streets, a campaign group involved in supporting the Kidbrooke community’s vigil for Sabina, said it is “angry and heartbroken” about her murder.
Tower Hamlets Councillor Rabina Khan told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said she was attending the vigil this evening and hoped high profile people would also attend.
“I too, just like my daughters, I have a 25-year-old, I have a 21-year-old, we spoke up for Sarah Everard,” she said.
“When we saw high profile people who attended (Sarah Everard’s vigil), I was really pleased and proud that the Duchess of Cambridge attended the vigil… I hope, tonight, we see many profiled people attending Sabina Nessa’s vigil.”