Police break in to find man dead in his Portsmouth home

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AN ELDERLY man who had not been seen by his neighbours for up to two weeks was found dead in his Portsmouth flat.

Police were called to a flat in Sydenham Court, in Berkshire Close, Buckland, after concerns were raised about his welfare.

Officers forced their way in to the flat and found the man’s body inside.

In October last year the resident warden at Sydenham Court was replaced by a ‘floating’ service not based at the site.

Tony Francis, regional director of owners Southern Housing, said the man had chosen not to have support services.

‘Sydenham Court promotes independent living and tailors support services to resident’s individual needs,’ he said.

‘Residents can choose the level of support they receive. This can include support calls and visits. Residents can also choose to opt out of such support and contact should they wish to.’

Hampshire police said the man’s death was not being treated as suspicious and a file has been handed to the coroner.

Cllr Margaret Foster, who represents the area on Portsmouth city council, said: ‘It’s such a tragedy that someone has passed away like that.

‘If the man had said he did not want any help, then it’s difficult when people want to be left alone.’