Tributes to chemical victim

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A MAN found dead amid a major chemical alert in Sheffield was “one of the kindest, most loving and gentle people you could care to meet”.

The man, who has not yet been officially identified but who was yesterday described by police as white and aged 30, was found by housemates in his home on Holland Place, Highfield.

A friend said: “His tragic death has left a whole section of people absolutely devastated.”

A post-mortem examination on the body has not yet been carried out. Forensic samples of the chemical have been sent off for analysis, and police are still awaiting the results of the tests.

Police stress there was no link to terrorism and they do not believe that the man who died had any intention to harm anyone else.

Neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution after the man’s body was found on Monday afternoon.

Friends told emergency services there was also a smell of gas inside the property and, fearing the presence of a dangerous chemical, police, fire and health workers in specialist protective suits were called to enter the house.