‘I feel sorry for his family…’ – Neighbours react after man, 46, found dead in Stoke-on-Trent flat


Neighbours have spoken of their shock after a man was found dead at a Stoke-on-Trent home.

Police and ambulance crews rushed to Lyme Road, Meir, following the discovery of a body inside a flat shortly after 8am yesterday (March 1).

It is believed the 46-year-old man – who has not yet been named – had been dead for several hours.

A cordon was put in place as officers started their inquiries, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

The death has rocked residents living in Lyme Road and say he had only moved in to the property in January. 

Police and a private ambulance at the scene in Lyme Road, Meir

His next door neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I woke up at about 8am and saw the ambulance and police and wondered what had gone on.

“There were three police cars and two ambulances at one point and they were going into the flat. They were then here for at least an hour.

“They had only moved into the flats in January so I don’t really know the people who live there and nobody seems to know what happened.

“It’s very sad, I hope it’s nothing bad but I didn’t hear any noise. It’s not a nice thing to wake up to.”

John Ackley, aged 82, of Lyme Road, said: “It’s shocking, I just lost my daughter a month ago and it’s all we hear about now. 

“This has always been a lovely street and I’ve lived here since 1972 so it was shocking when my wife saw the police and ambulance when she was waiting for a taxi to church at 9.40am.

“We were just wondering what was going on. It’s always sad when somebody dies.”

And Susan Amison, aged 61, of Lyme Road, said: “I was shocked when I looked out of the window and saw the police car, I didn’t know what was going on. 

Emergency services at Lyme Road, in Meir

“It’s very sad but bad things seem to be happening all over the place now. I hope they find out what happened. I just feel sorry for his family.

“We’ve lived here for 27 years and nothing like this has ever happened before.”

Inspector Damian Billington, of Staffordshire Police, told StokeonTrentLive: “At around 8.10am officers were called to an address in Lyme Road to assist our colleagues at West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“A 46-year-old local male was deceased at the scene for several hours.

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“The area was cordoned off while initial investigations were carried out and there are no suspicious circumstances at this time.

“Officers will be continuing their inquiries on behalf of the coroner whilst supporting the family and friends of the deceased.”

Anyone who can help police with their inquiries is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 202 of March 1.





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