Death sparks murder probe

A 45-year-old man was found dead in a flat on St Helier's Road
A 45-year-old man was found dead in a flat on St Helier's Road
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POLICE launched a murder probe after a man was found dead in a flat.

Officers initially believed the 45-year-old man’s death was suspicious after being called to a flat on St Heliers Road in South Shore.

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of the man’s body on Saturday – but he was released without charge yesterday.

A post mortem has revealed the man died from a subdural brain haemorrhage and toxicology tests are now due to be carried out.

And detectives have now concluded there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

A police spokesman told The Gazette: “Police received a concern for safety call about a man inside a flat on St Heliers Road, Blackpool, at around 9.50pm on Saturday.

“Sadly, on arrival, officers found the body of a 45-year-old man however, it is not thought there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.”

Residents on St Heliers Road today revealed their shock at seeing the street flooded with police cars and vans on Saturday evening.

Christine Halstead, 54, of St Heliers Road, said: “It’s a shock to hear someone on the street has died.

“I didn’t know what was happening when I saw all the police cars. There was one outside my house.

“Some policemen came to my door last night and asked if I’d seen or heard anything.

“It’s a shame to hear what’s happened.”

Sandra Henstock, owner of Sandra Henstock Hair Salon on St Helier’s Road, said: “It’s really shocking.

“It’s a shame to hear someone has died on your doorstep.”

Police say now the circumstances have been established as not being suspicious, the file will be passed to the Coroner’s Office.