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Londoners terrified as police find two bodies in freezer

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This image released by the Evening Standard on April 30, 2019 shows a police car parked outside of a residential block in east London where bodies of two women were found in a freezer.

Residents east of the British capital London are petrified to live in their homes after news emerged of a grisly murder of two women whose bodies were found in a freezer inside an apartment in the neighborhood.

The BBC said in a report on Tuesday that people in Canning Town were terrified to hear about the murder in Vandome Close, which was reported a day earlier.

The Metropolitan Police, The Met, said it was investigating the murder although they said a post-mortem examination has yet to take place to identify the two women.

Police officers were inside the apartment where the bodies had been found while the residential block was still under a cordon on Tuesday and guards were present outside the building.

The Met said two men had been arrested in connection to the murder. The force said a 50-year-old man was arrested on Monday and a second man, 34, was held on Tuesday, adding that they were both in custody.

“Enquiries continue to carry out formal identification on the females found, and trace and speak to their next of kin,” said the police.

The horrible crime comes amid a historic surge in the rate of homicide in London and other large cities in the UK. Authorities have reported at least 40 cases of manslaughter in London this year.

The increase in violence in the UK has been partly blamed on the inability of the police to see to all emergencies due to an acute understaffing in the force. The police say years of government cuts to their budget, which came as part of austerity measures to bring the UK economy out of recession, have left them unable to recruit new officers.

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