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Iuliana Tudos: man arrested in Dalston on suspicion of Finsbury Park murder

PUBLISHED: 08:02 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:47 02 January 2018

Iuliana Tudos.

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Detectives investigating the death of Iuliana Tudos have arrested a man in Dalston on suspicion of murder.

Iuliana Tudos. Picture: Metropolitan Police Iuliana Tudos. Picture: Metropolitan Police

The 22-year-old was reported as missing by friends after she failed to turn up to celebrate Christmas with them.

Her body was found by a member of the public two days later on Wednesday afternoon in a disused hut near the softball pitches in Finsbury Park.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, and a post-mortem later showed she had died of a stab wound to the stomach and a head injury.

A fundraiser set up by her friends has now raised over £16,000 towards funeral costs.

A police tent in Finsbury Park where Iuliana's body was found on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Polly Hancock A police tent in Finsbury Park where Iuliana's body was found on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Polly Hancock

A 31-year-old man was arrested at around 1.30pm yesterday in Dalston on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at a south-west London police station.

Iuliana, also known as Julia or Lili, lived in Upper Tollington and worked as a barmaid at Camden rock pub The World’s End.

Extra officers were deployed for reassurance around the park following her death.

Det Ch Supt Des Fahy said: “We understand that the local community might have concerns, but I want to reassure people that incidents of this nature are incredibly rare.

Forensic officers photograph potential evidence in Finsbury Park. Picture: Polly Hancock Forensic officers photograph potential evidence in Finsbury Park. Picture: Polly Hancock

“We have police out and about on patrol and local neighbourhood policing teams have been out speaking to members of the community.

“By all accounts, Iuliana was a bubbly lively girl enjoying a fun life in London when she was tragically taken from her loved ones. Our hearts go out to them. “

Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated incident room on 020 8785 8244, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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