Passer by found body of dead man at bottom of stairs

Police at Cowley Lane,Chapeltown
Police at Cowley Lane,Chapeltown
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POLICE cordoned off a Chapeltown estate after the body of a man was found slumped at the bottom of a flight of steps in the early hours of Saturday.

Officers blocked off Cowley Lane from Nether Lane at one end and the Market Place roundabout at the other all Saturday morning while forensic experts examined the spot where the body was found.

Meanwhile, detectives carried out enquiries in the area.

They would only allow residents in and out of the police cordon if they lived there and everyone passing in and out had to give their names, addresses and car details.

Officers were alerted to the discovery of a man’s body at 2am on Saturday by a passer-by who spotted it at the bottom of a flight of steps leading from Glenwood Crescent to Cowley Lane.

The man, who police say was 54 and local, has been named by residents in the area as Michael Hogan.

Police initially treated his death as suspicious as a matter of routine, but later took down the cordon and said they were satisfied there was no foul play involved.

The death has now been referred to Sheffield’s coroner, Christopher Dorries, and is no longer being investigated as a possible crime.

Until they were satisfied that Mr Hogan had not been killed, South Yorkshire Police issued an appeal for information from anyone who was in the area in the early hours of Saturday and may have seen anything suspicious.

A spokeswoman said at that time it was ‘still too early to say how the man died’, so detectives were considering all possibilities.

Mr Hogan’s family was informed of the death and the initial police probe into the circumstances surrounding it.