MYSTERY surrounds the death of a man whose body was discovered by police in an ‘insecure house’ in Sheffield.
Forensics experts spent yesterday searching the house for clues after the discovery in the early hours of the morning.
Residents on Lindsay Avenue, Parson Cross, woke to find their road sealed off between Buchanan Road and Lindsay Road, and police officers standing guard at both ends.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said officers patrolling the area had found the man’s body at about 4am yesterday.
Police tape marked an inner cordon, which was also under police guard, while forensics officers combed the property where the body was found.
They were also seen on their hands and knees searching through the grass verge outside the house.
Crime scene investigation vans were parked outside the property and police cars and other vans were at both ends of the street.
Officers carried out door-to-door enquiries asking neighbours whether they had seen or heard anything suspicious or whether they knew of any incidents there might have been at the property in question.
Only residents living inside the police cordon were allowed through the tape, but had to sign in and out.
The identity of the dead man had not been released by police last night, but they said he was believed to have been aged about 50.
The police spokeswoman said: “At about 4am yesterday, officers on patrol in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield attended an insecure house on Lindsay Avenue and discovered the body of a man inside.
“The man is believed to be about 50 years old.
“South Yorkshire Police are currently investigating the circumstances of his death.”
Shocked residents gathered at the cordon.
Natalie Albinson, aged 25, said she was pleased she was moving away from the area.
The mum-of-one said: “I have lived here for eight months and am due to be moving thankfully, because when something like this happens so close to where you live it is frightening.
”The police haven’t told us anything, just asked if we had seen or heard anything and if we knew of any incidents that had happened at the house where the body was found.
“I don’t know the man myself, but neighbours say he used to walk up and down the street with his dog every day.
“A friend of his, a woman, came up to the tape and was saying ‘he can’t have been murdered - I only saw him yesterday’, so it’s obvious by that and the amount of police activity here that this is being treated seriously.”
Patricia Mount, of Lindsay Avenue, said: “I woke to find police parked outside my house and tape across the road and they were there all day.
“I have lived here 40 years and this seems to be one of the most serious incidents I have known judging by the police vans everywhere.
“It’s usually quiet, I know my neighbours, but keep myself to myself.”
Chris Flinders, 26, said he was shocked at the police presence on the street.
“It is horrible to see this so close to where you live and my heart goes out to the family,” he said.
“I have lived in Parson Cross three years and been broken into twice and now there’s this- it doesn’t make you feel safe.”
Denise Stone, 45, of Buchanan Road, said: “Waking up to find all the police outside certainly makes you feel uncomfortable especially when nobody comes to see you to try to put your mind at rest. It’s the uncertainty that is worse.
“I have lived here for 14 years and would say that it feels like crime is on the increase - there seems to be more burglaries.
“Me and my neighbour both had attempts made on our sheds recently, it’s that kind of thing.”
n Anyone with information about the death is asked to call police on 101.