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A man has been arrested in relation to the suspected homophobic murder of 50-year-old Ranjith Kankanamalage.

Kankanamalage’s body was found dead in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, East London, in the early hours of 16 August.

The 50-year-old, who was known as Roy by friends, was declared deceased at the scene by members of the London Ambulance Service who arrived at around 6.30am.

He was found to have a head injury and a post-mortem examination later ruled that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

In a statement released by police, it was confirmed that the “incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime”.

They urged the LGBTQ+ community in the area to report anything suspicious to police immediately, especially at night.

According to the Met Police statement, Kankanamalage’s family is being supported by specialist officers and they have shared an image of him in an appeal for those with information on what happened to come forward.

Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, policing commander for Hackney and Tower Hamlets, sent his well wishes to Kankanamalage’s family over the “horrific murder”.

He added: “Whilst such incidents are thankfully still very rare in London, I want to reassure that community that my officers and specialist detectives are working tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.

“I also want to be really clear that there is no place, at all, in London for any form of hate crime and the Met is absolutely committed to tackling it and supporting victims. We are here for you.”

An unnamed 41-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of Kankanamalage’s murder, the Evening Standard reports.

Police said the arrest was made on 27 October when the man was taken into custody.

A 36-year-old man who was previously arrested in connection with the investigation was released on bail with a date set for November.

Anyone with information on what happened to Kankanamalage should call the Incident Room directly on 0208 345 3865, call 101, Tweet @MetCC quoting 1277/16, or use this link.

To remain 100% anonymous, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.