Arsalan charged with
murder of Hina Bashir
who was missing
from Ilford last week


ILFORD (Essex): A 26-year-old man Mohammad Arsalan has been charged with the murder of Hina Bashir after a body was found in east London in the early hours of Sunday. 21-year-old Hina was reported missing from Ilford last week. 

Victim Hina Bashir (Image released by Met Police)

According to Met police, a murder investigation was launched following the discovery of a body in Folkes Lane, Upminster in the early hours of Sunday, 17 July.

While formal identification is yet to take place, the family of 21-year-old Hina Bashir, who had been reported missing from Ilford, have been informed. They are being supported by specialist officers. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

On Monday, 18 July, Mohammed Arslan, 26, (01/09/1995) of Natal Road, Ilford was charged with murder. He was schedule to appear at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on the same day.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has said: “I’m devastated to hear about the murder of Hina Bashir from Ilford. My thoughts are with her loved ones at this terrible time. A man has been charged with Hina’s murder and Met Police are appealing for information to help with their investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “My thoughts are with Hina’s family who have suffered a terrible loss. We will provide them with whatever support we can.

“We are continuing our work to develop a full understanding of what happened to Hina, not just in recent days but in the weeks prior to this terrible incident. “I would urge anyone who may have information which could assist us to come forward.”

Folkes Lane, Upminster – the area from body of Hina Bashir was found

Information can be provided by calling police on 101 (reference 2674/14JUL) or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Mohammed Arslan, from Ilford, was charged with her murder after a body was discovered and appeared in court on Monday.

While a post-mortem examination is yet to take place, the London police force informed Hina’s family of the discovery. The family are currently being supported by “specialist officers”. 

“My thoughts are with Hina’s family who have suffered a terrible loss. We will provide them with whatever support we can,” said Whellams.  

The Met has urged anyone with further information on the case to come forward.