A POLICE operation was launched after a man was found dead at a block of flats.
Hampshire Constabulary was called to Westminster Place, off Turner Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, shortly before 6pm last night.
It came following the discovery of a body of a 35-year-old man.
The death is not being treated as suspicious but police are yet to confirm the cause of death or identify the body.
Four police cars and a riot van went to the scene, opposite a Ladbrokes betting shop, and two police officers stood guard at the entrance of the complex, which was taped off.
A police officer was also stationed on a balcony on the second floor.
James Johnson, 45, of Duke Crescent, Buckland, watched on from a distance as police worked at the scene.
He said a neighbour had knocked on his door and informed him that a body had been found.
‘I was shocked,’ he said.
‘I haven’t heard anything like this happening around here before.’
A small crowd of residents watched across the road to see what was going on.
Natasha Bezer, 21, was out walking her dog when she saw police arriving.
Natasha, of Agincourt Road, Buckland, said: ‘There was a stabbing nearby a while back as well.
‘I feel awful about what’s happened.
‘I can’t believe how many police cars there are.
‘I feel quite sad now.’
The man’s next of kin has been informed.
Police say they are not looking for any witnesses.