A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 80-year-old woman died in a bathtub at an address in east London.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Rushton Gardens in Clayhall at 10.51am on Friday (April 9).

The victim was found unconscious and not breathing in the bath.

Officers and paramedics battled for an hour to save her life but she was pronounced dead at 11.48am.

The suspect, 54, was arrested at the scene and remains in police custody.

He and the victim were known to one another, the Met said.

A post-mortem is due to take place in due course and the woman’s family have been informed, the force said.

The incident is being investigated by the Met’s specialist crime team.