Body parts believed to be from a small child have been discovered in southwest London, police have confirmed.

Officers were called to the Dr Johnson Avenue area of Tooting Bec Common just after 8am, amid reports of the discovery of body parts believed to be from a baby.

The area has since been sealed off for forensic investigations. It is unclear how or why the body parts were dumped in the area, and no arrests have been made.

One witness at the scene told Sky News: "The area sealed off for forensic examination was about 50 sq ft.

"It looks like the remains were found under trees and bushes between the road and football pitches."

The resident added: "Police cordoned off both ends of the road through the common, and there were a number of shocked residents looking on.

"It seemed the body parts were found fairly close to playgrounds in an area popular with young families, where there are tennis courts, pitches and playgrounds."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed: "We were called at about 8am to reports of body parts, believed to be of an infant child, found at a location in Dr Johnson Avenue.

"Officers from Wandsworth borough are on the scene and inquiries are continuing at this early stage."