Detectives probing unexplained death at Waterlooville flat

GUARD A PCSO stands outside at a flat in Milton Road in Waterlooville where an unexplained death occurred
GUARD A PCSO stands outside at a flat in Milton Road in Waterlooville where an unexplained death occurred
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FOUL play has been ruled out after a man was found dead at a block of flats.

Five police cars and two ambulances were called to Milton Road, close to Chaucer Close, Waterlooville, at 8.30am to reports of a dead man in a flat.

Police have not yet formally identified the man and it is not yet known how he died.

A 46-year-old female neighbour said a man had shouted across the balcony that somebody had died in his flat.

The neighbour said: ‘He just shouted out, “somebody has died in my flat”.

‘He said he even threw water over him but he was dead.

‘I think they had just been out and had been drinking.’

Mike Reeder, 79, of Milton Road, said: ‘There were three police officers dressed in black and they looked like scenes of crime officers.

‘They detained two men and they took them away separately.

‘They were searching them outside the police van.

‘They looked like they were in their 20s.

‘One was well built.’

The area was not cordoned off, but police carried out house-to-house inquiries yesterday.

Police officers stood guard outside the second-floor flat as officers examined the scene.

Officers searched through the back garden of the block of flats and were seen looking through the bins for any evidence.

Police officers were seen carrying in several large water bottles into the block of flats.

A 42-year-old neighbour said: ‘I had a knock on my door and it was a detective.

‘He asked if I had seen anything.

‘He just asked me questions about where I had been.

‘I haven’t got any idea what happened.’

A neighbour, who knows the man that found the body, said police had taken his friend to the station to make a statement.

Neighbours said police were regularly called to the area.

Harry Cullen, 64, who lives in nearby Tennyson Crescent, said: ‘There’s always a lot of trouble round here.’

Hampshire police said no arrests were made at the scene.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body at an address in Milton Road, Waterlooville.

‘The man has not yet been formally identified.

‘His death is not being treated as suspicious; police inquiries into the circumstances of the death are ongoing.’

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Police will investigate the death on behalf of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Coroner. An inquest will be held at a later date.