An 89-year old woman was found dead at a home in Bexleyheath, South East London (file photo) (Image: Google Maps)

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A murder investigation has been opened after an 89-year-old woman was found dead at her home.

The Met Police said a 57-year-old man – who is believed to be known to the victim – has been arrested.

Officers were called amid concerns for the welfare of a woman at a residential property in Bexleyheath, London, on Saturday afternoon.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and her next of kin have been informed, the Met said.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital as a precaution for treatment to self-inflicted injuries.

Police said a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

In a statement the Met said: "Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service. An 89-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed.

"A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

"A 57-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He was taken to hospital as a precaution for treatment to self-inflicted injuries.

"The suspect and deceased are believed to be known to each other.

"Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) have been informed and a crime scene remains in place."