A funeral director has been arrested after fourbodies were allegedly recovered from a self-storage unit in Wembley, according to reports.
The suspect, 50, was accused of keeping the bodies at an address on Water Road without specialist equipment.
Police were called at around 9.30am last Friday to the premises and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances, the Met said.
A funeral industry source told the Daily Mirror that the bodies were left “lying on pallets” in non-refrigerated conditions.
“It’s absolutely horrendous and very distressing for the families,” they added.
The source alleged that the bodies were “maggot-ridden” as they had been kept there for a long period of time in hot weather conditions. They have now been passed to Co-op Funeralcare, according to The Mirror.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “All of the deceased were elderly. The deaths have not been treated as being suspicious.”
Det Supt Barry Loader, of the Met’s north west BCU, said: "I know these will be concerning developments for local people, and in particular those directly affected by what has happened.
"Through the hard work and commitment of colleagues from specialist crime, all of the deceased have been identified, their families have been informed and, subsequently, the bodies returned to the families following consultation with HM Coroner.
"I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak with their local safer neighbourhoods officers or to call the Met on 101."