A 38-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning on suspicion of murdering teacher Sabina Nessa.

Scotland Yard branded the move a ‘significant development’.

He was arrested at around 3am at an address in East Sussex and taken into custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘Sabina’s family have been informed of this significant development and they continue to be supported by specialist officers.’

It comes after investigators released CCTV images of a man they urgently wished to speak to on Thursday evening, and one of a silver car they believed he had access to.

It is unclear if the man they were hunting is the man that has been arrested.

Police said on Saturday evening that the balding man is believed to have been carrying a reflective red object that he may have been trying to conceal up his sleeve.

He was seen on CCTV as he walked through Pegler Square in Kidbrooke, where Ms Nessa was thought to have been heading for a first date on the evening she died.

Sabina, a Year 1 teacher at Rushey Green Primary School, had been walking to meet a friend at a pub near her London home when she was attacked in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, in Greenwich, on September 17.

Her body was reportedly discovered by a member of the public the next day, having been hidden under a pile of leaves.

Two men were separately arrested on suspicion of her murder but were subsequently released under investigation.

The case has provoked an outpouring of grief and anger at women and girls’ safety.

It follows the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard in March – another case which prompted an outcry against male violence.

A well-attended candlelit vigil to Sabina saw her sister break down tears on Friday evening.

Jebina Yasmin Islam said: ‘Words cannot describe how we are feeling, this feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it – our world is shattered, we are simply lost for words.

‘No family should go through what we are going through.’

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