Police seal off Portsmouth street after body is found

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RESIDENTS living in Portsmouth have reacted with shock after the body of a man was found early this morning.

The man, who is believed to be in his late 40s was discovered on the pavement close to the Crasswell Street multi-storey car park just before 7am.

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

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 woke up at 7am this morning and saw there was a heavy police presence — the road was closed off, so was the car park.

‘I didn’t know what was going on but realised it must have been something quite serious.’

The scene at Crasswell Street car park. Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP

The scene at Crasswell Street car park. Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP

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

‘It’s quite scary really 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.’

The discovery of the dead man was made early this morning, a police spokesman confirmed.

He added: ‘Shortly before 7am on Saturday, October 3, police were called to Crasswell Street, Portsmouth after a body of a man was found on the pavement.

The scene at Crasswell Street car park. Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP

The scene at Crasswell Street car park. Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP

‘Inquiries have begun to determine the cause and to identify the deceased man.

‘He is believed to be in his late 40s. Local CCTV is being examined.

‘A cordon is in place which may effect on shops but we hope to lift it in the next hour.’

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

The scene at Crasswell Street car park. Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP

The scene at Crasswell Street car park. Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP

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

‘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 suspiciously or not.

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

‘I believe that some has jumped from the carpal before,’ she said.

‘That happened about three years ago.’

Speaking of the latest inciden 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 also rocked 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.’

More details and updates to follow.