Cosham murder: Victim ‘kept himself to himself’

SCENE Police in Greenwood Avenue, Cosham
SCENE Police in Greenwood Avenue, Cosham
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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a murder investigation was launched following the discovery of a body in a Portsmouth street.

Officers were called to an address in Greenwood Avenue, Cosham, shortly after 10pm yesterday and it was there they discovered the body of a man, believed to be in his 80s.

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at Portsmouth Central Police Station in Winston Churchill Avenue an hour after the body was found. He is still in custody.

It is not yet known how the pensioner died and a post-mortem examination is due to be held later today to establish the exact cause of his death.

Meanwhile neighbours in Greenwood Avenue have today reacted to the discovery.

Pat Critchett, 69, has lived in Greenwood Avenue for 32 years. She said: ‘He kept himself to himself. I always used to put a Christmas card through his door. It’s terrible.’

Jenny Loader, 28, said: ‘You don’t expect something like this to happen on your doorstep.

‘It does worry me, especially because I’ve got two young children.’

Phil Hammond, 70, who has lived in Greenwood Avenue for 26 years, said: ‘We didn’t know anything about it until about 8:30am when a police van turned up outside. We don’t have much crime in this road.

‘I can’t remember the last time there was any problem with anything here.

‘I don’t like to hear of anything happening to anybody. It’s very sad.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team at Fratton Station on 101