Neighbours speak of shock after woman found dead in block of flats

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  • Neighbours speak of shock after woman found dead in Southsea flats
  • Police say they are not treating death as suspicious
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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a body was discovered in a block of flats.

A woman in her 40s was found dead by police after they entered a property in Roslyn House, Elm Grove, Southsea, yesterday.

Roslyn House in Elm Grove, Southsea, where the body of a woman was discovered on Tuesday

Roslyn House in Elm Grove, Southsea, where the body of a woman was discovered on Tuesday

The death of the woman – believed to have lived on her own – is not being treated as suspicious.

Hampshire Constabulary is now in the process of tracing her next-of-kin.

The drama comes after terrified residents spoke of their ordeal when the front door of their flat in the same block was set on fire in an arson attack.

A man was seen fleeing the scene following the incident involving a flat on the third floor in March earlier this year.

I am shocked, totally shocked.

Veronica Mooney, 57, of Roslyn House, in Elm Grove, Southsea

Veronica Mooney, 57, who has lived at Roslyn House for about six months, said she couldn’t believe a body had been found.

But she said the woman who she suspects has died had been dealing with a lot of problems.

‘I saw two policemen talking to the neighbour next door,’ Miss Mooney said.

‘I didn’t know anything like this had happened.

‘You just wouldn’t expect it.

‘I am shocked, totally shocked.

She added: ‘I live here on my own, I hope this doesn’t happen again.’

Her partner, Roman Lasowski, 68, said it was very unfortunate, but ‘wasn’t surprised’ to hear it had happened.

Another stunned resident said they knew nothing about what had happened. Police cars were seen in the area following the discovery of the body at about 10am.

Police are not launching an appeal for more information as the death is not suspicious.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman: ‘We can confirm the body of a woman in her 40s was discovered at an address on Elm Grove.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious.’

An ambulance crew was alerted by police following the discovery.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 9.34am from police to an address on that road.

‘We sent an ambulance crew to the scene and unfor tunately, one person was confirmed deceased at the scene.’