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Body was 'in bin for three weeks'

Peter Wallner
Peter Wallner moved out of the house about three weeks ago

A woman's body found in a wheelie bin in front of a house had been there for at least three weeks, police have said.

Surrey Police were called to Hamilton Avenue, Cobham, at 1520 BST on Saturday after a foot was seen sticking out of the green bin.

A post-mortem examination revealed the woman suffered a serious head injury but did not establish a cause of death.

Detectives are trying to trace 33-year-old Peter Wallner, who moved out of the house about three weeks ago.

A Surrey Police spokesman said he "may be able to provide useful information for the investigation".

He is described as a heavy-built white man with broad shoulders, about 6ft (1.8m) tall, with slightly receding brown cropped hair and brown eyes.

Police at Hamilton Avenue, Cobham
Neighbours described the area as a quiet, safe place

The unidentified white woman, believed to be in her 30s, was discovered surrounded by rubbish.

House-to-house inquiries and a full search of the area are being carried out.

Residents in the area said they were shocked by the discovery.

One woman told BBC News: "It's a very quiet place, it's where you bring up your family.

"I've lived here for 30-odd years and it's the first thing like this that's happened."

She added: "It's quite scary. You think of it as being a safe place, but when you hear of a body being found it's shocking."

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