POLICE launched a murder investigation after a man was shot in Finchley early this morning.

The victim, in his 20s, was found lying dead in a car in Tillingbourne Gardens, at around 6am, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin have been informed but no formal identification has yet taken place.

A post mortem is due to be held later today.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield, of the murder squad, said: "We are eager to hear from anyone who was near Tillingbourne Gardens, which is close to the Holiday Inn on the North Circular Road, at around 6am on Saturday 27th November.

“It is possible someone may have seen or heard something suspicious but is unaware of its significance.

“Any information will be treated in the strictest confidence."

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information can contact the Incident Room on 0208 358 0400, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.