Police probe after body found in flat

Hill Street, South Shore, Blackpool
Hill Street, South Shore, Blackpool
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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a man was found dead at his home.

Police were called to a top floor flat on Hill Street, South Shore, after a 59-year-old man, known locally as Dennis, was discovered on Thursday evening.

Forensic teams were drafted in to examine the scene and police officers carried out house to house inquiries and began checking cctv footage.

The man’s body was taken out of the house yesterday as officers continued their inquiries.

Police are treating the death as unexplained and are awaiting post mortem results to find out how the man died.

Tasha Semple, 20, of Hill Street, who believed she knew the man’s daughter, said: “It’s horrible. I went to school with his daughter, she’ll be devastated.

“I liked him, it’s upsetting something like this has happened.”

Yvette Parkinson, 50, of Hill Street, said: “He was a quiet man, he kept himself to himself.

“He used to pass my house on the way to the pub.

“It’s a shame. You always wonder if he was trying to get help. It’s sad.”

A police spokesman told The Gazette they were investigating whether the man had fallen down outside his home.

It is thought he made his way back to the property, dripping blood along the street, and then died inside the flat.

A police spokesman said: “Around 6pm on Thursday, police were called to an address on Hill Street in Blackpool.

“On arrival officers found a man, believed to be in his late 50s, deceased.

“An investigation is under way and at this time the death is being treated as unexplained.

“Detectives are carrying out inquiries and an examination of the scene is under way.”

Robert Caddick, 40, of Hill Street, said: “I’m shocked something like that has happened on our street.

“It was horrible when we saw the body being carried out. Its awful. I’ve heard he was well known around Blackpool.”

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “The man who lives in the flat is known as Dennis. We would see him walking to the pub every day.

“I believe it is a real mess inside the flat. There were a lot of police here, and forensics and plain clothed officers have been going in and out of the flat. Officers have been speaking to the people who live in the flats next door.