Gosport man ‘kills himself’ after death of his wife

CHEMICAL Firefighters work in Wych Lane, Gosport, and inset, neighbour Steve Willkins

CHEMICAL Firefighters work in Wych Lane, Gosport, and inset, neighbour Steve Willkins

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A MAN is believed to have killed himself weeks after the death of his wife.

Police were called to Wych lane in Bridgemary, Gosport after neighbour Steve Wilkins had become concerned.

Neighbour Steve Willkins

Neighbour Steve Willkins

When officers entered the home yesterday morning they found the body of a 52-year-old, who has not yet been officially named.

Mr Wilkins said his neighbour had been depressed since his wife died in March.

‘He was her full-time carer, but she got an infection and died in March,’ he said.

‘I last spoke to him in early April.

‘He was always well dressed and well spoken.

‘He was a really nice guy.’

When police entered the bungalow they discovered it was filled with gas and firefighters were called.

The gas was found to be helium.

A cordon was put in place along Wych Lane between Conifer Grove and Kent Road and residents were advised to stay indoors.

Paramedics were also called to the scene.

Mr Wilkins added: ‘The police came down to the side door and they could see it was sealed.

‘As soon as they got in they could smell the gas which is when all the other emergency services were called.

‘It’s a shame – he was obviously desperate. He was devoted to her.’

Firefighters entered the building wearing gas-tight suits to investigate while further crews prepared a decontamination unit.

They then used high pressure ventilation to clear the air from the bungalow and ensure there was no risk to surrounding properties.

Police spokesman Neil Miller wouldn’t officially name the man, but said: ‘Hampshire fire and rescue officers entered the property where they discovered the body of a 52-year-old man.

‘His death is not being treated as suspicious.

‘A post mortem will be carried out.’

The cordon was lifted at about 3pm.

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