Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was beaten to death by baseball bat wielding attackers, officers said.
The man was found injured in east London, in the early hours of this morning.
He had been beaten by a group of men, the Metropolitan Police said.
London Ambulance Service attended the scene and alerted police of an apparent fight in High Road, Ilford, just before 3am.
The man was taken to an east London hospital but died of his injuries at around 4.30am.
The Met said inquiries are under way to identify the man and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
No arrests have been made and police said they are keeping an open mind regarding a motive.
Local road closures have been put in place and buses have been re-routed.
‘At this early stage, officers retain an open mind regarding motive,’ a police spokesman said.
‘A crime scene has been established and road closures are in place. Buses have been re-routed.
‘Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate supported by local officers.’
No arrests have been made.
Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward and said anyone with information should call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.