Body find of man, 43, in Hartlepool house ‘not suspicious’

Police tape outside the Keswick Street house
Police tape outside the Keswick Street house

SHOCKED residents spoke out after police found one of their neighbours dead in a house.

Hartlepool Police launched a probe after a man’s body was discovered in a terraced house in Keswick Street, off the town’s Elwick Road.

The 43-year-old was found shortly before midnight on Wednesday and police treated the death as “unexplained”.

Residents described how emergency services descended on the street.

A police cordon was in a place around the house yesterday and a force van kept guard.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on the man yesterday, and police have now confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious.

One 80-year-old neighbour, who has lived in the street for 56 years, said: “I looked out of the window and saw an ambulance in the middle of the road and a police car was next to my car.

“I went back to bed and when I got up yesterday morning, the wife said ‘look, the emergency services are there’.

“There were forensics, people in white suits and a coroner’s black van.

“They were just waiting, then they took somebody away.

“I don’t know the people who live there, they chop and change in this street all the time.

“He has difficulty with walking, and uses sticks, and a girl sometimes goes in the house.

“They have not long lived there, a matter of weeks I would say.

“I always say it can be like police headquarters in this street, because the police are always there over that side of the street.

“But it’s not a bad area, it’s improving.”

One woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “I heard police and screaming last night, but wasn’t sure what went on, the next I knew was when I saw the cordon.”

Police were not in a position to release the identity of the man and are no longer investigating his death.

A report will be passed to the coroner and an inquest into the death will be opened in due course.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called at 11.50pm on Wednesday to reports of the sudden death of a 43-year-old man at an address in Keswick Street, in Hartlepool.

“A most mortem examination took place yesterday and officers can confirm that the death is not being treated as suspicious.”