Police say death of man at Fareham flats is not suspicious

Hampshire Police investigate a man's death at flats in Valentine Close, Fareham''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141283-6) PPP-140430-151725001
Hampshire Police investigate a man's death at flats in Valentine Close, Fareham''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141283-6) PPP-140430-151725001

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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after the body of a homeless man was found at the back of their block of flats.

The man has been confirmed by police as Guy St John Loveday, 50, who had been living in the bin sheds of flats on Valentine Close, Fareham.

Police have confirmed his death is not being treated as suspicious.

It comes after an investigation was launched, with findings showing there to be no foul play involved.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Linda Dawson, said officers were still searching for evidence.

‘We are still carrying out a number of enquiries as part of this investigation, and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or spoken to Mr Loveday since 7am on Tuesday, April 29, to contact us,’ she said.

Meanwhile, residents speculated about the circumstances surrounding Mr Loveday’s death.

One neighbour said: ‘He’s been let down by society, he’s been let down by the council and he’s been let down by the police, now he’s been carted off. It is really sad. It’s like a lump in the throat. I feel sorry for his family.’

Police were called just after 7am yesterday. A large cordon was put in place and officers carried out door-to-door enquiries asking if anybody had seen anything suspicious.

Neighbour Natasha Coston, 24, said she had heard commotion outside the council-owned flats at 9.30pm the night before as two people were banging trying to get into the secure communal area.

Michelle Meech, 47, said the commotion wasn’t out of the ordinary as they had been known as a trouble hot spot for many years.

Ward councillor Peter Davies said the bin stores at the flats had a padlock which residents are meant to keep locked. Mr Loveday’s next-of-kin has been informed.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I only saw him on Monday afternoon.

‘It could happen to anyone.’

A post-mortem took place at Royal Hampshire County hospital in Winchester yesterday afternoon.

Anyone with information should contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, quoting Operation Connery, on 101.