Tributes paid to man found dead in Gosport flats

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NEIGHBOURS have paid tribute to a 60-year-old man who was found dead in his flat in Gosport.

Harvey Nigel Chamberlain, of Fleet Close, in Rowner, Gosport, was discovered by police officers after they broke into his flat.

A nearby resident, who did not want to be named, told The News she saw officers coming out of Mr Chamberlain’s first-floor flat.

The 59-year-old woman said: ‘All we witnessed was two police cars drawing up and breaking into the flat before coming back out.

‘They were there or a while and were wearing masks, and the undertakers came in a black van and took the body away.’

A police spokeswoman confirmed the force is investigating Mr Chamberlain’s ‘sudden death’ but are not treating it as suspicious. The force has now passed a file to the coroner.

Chris Platts, 78, lives in the same small block of flats in Fleet Close where Mr Chamberlain was found on Thursday, May 16.

She said he was a polite man, and she had known him since he moved into the flat in the mid-1990s.

‘He’s been there for years, he was very much a recluse,’ she said.

‘He didn’t have much to do with anybody here.

‘He was always very polite when you spoke to him.

‘I didn’t know anything about it until Friday.

‘You didn’t see him. He never opened a window, the flat was a terrible state.’

She added she had not seen Mr Chamberlain for a couple of months, and she last saw him going to the shop.

A 71-year-old neighbour said she had seen him 11 days ago.

Patricia Gilkerson, 75, also lives in the block of flats.

She was unaware that Mr Chamberlain had died.

She said: ‘It was (a shock) actually – he lived upstairs.

‘I do say hello to him but I’m nearly blind so I don’t know people really.’

The coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire has opened and adjourned an inquest into the death.

A spokesman for the coroner said: ‘A post mortem has taken place and investigations are being made into the cause of death.’