Neighbours tell of their shock over discovery of body

Police at the scene at the Crasswell Street car park where a body was found Picture: Jason Kay
Police at the scene at the Crasswell Street car park where a body was found Picture: Jason Kay
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PEOPLE living close to the scene of where a man’s body was discovered have told of their shock.

The man, believed to be in his late-40s was found on the pavement close to the Crasswell Street car park in Portsmouth just before 7am on Saturday.

Police remained at the scene all morning, with forensic officers in white coats scouring the area for clues.

He is thought to have fallen from the building, although police refused to confirm this.

Cheryl Darke lives opposite the scene and has told of her shock.

The 64-year-old, who has lived in Temple Street for two years, said: ‘I didn’t know what was going on but realised it must have been something quite serious.’

On hearing the news of the man’s death, Cheryl added: ‘It’s very sad really.

‘It’s scary because at first I thought someone has been killed which doesn’t surprise me in this day and age. But it’s just so sad.’

A police spokesman confirmed said the force was working on identifying the man, he said.

Officers examined CCTV locally while a police cordon was enforced.

Great-grandmother-of-12 Cindy Hinks has lived in the Crasswell Street for nine years.

The 68-year-old said she was stunned by the news of the incident.

‘It’s still such a shock. It’s absolutely terrible,’ she said.

‘It’s got to be so sad for his family, especially if the man has got any children.’

Police have not yet confirmed whether the death is being treated as suspicious or not.

However, Mrs Hinks revealed this was not the first time the road had been struck by tragedy.

‘I believe that someone has jumped from the car park before,’ she said.

‘That happened about three years ago.’

Speaking of the latest incident, she added: ‘Obviously we don’t know what happened. It could have been anything.

‘He could have been walking down the road and had a heart attack. We just don’t know.’

Mrs Hinks’ neighbour Jana Hrytsenko was shocked by the news. ‘It can be quite loud here at the weekend,’ said the 31-year-old mother-of-one.

‘But for a normal day it’s very unusual. It’s never happened here.’

The News understands the man’s family has been informed of his death.