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Body found in Ipswich house

PUBLISHED: 14:06 17 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES have launched an inquiry today after the body of an elderly man was discovered in Ipswich.

Although police said they were treating the macabre discovery as suspicious a spokesman for the Suffolk force added that officers would know more about the circumstances surrounding the pensioners death after a post mortem this afternoon.

DETECTIVES have launched an inquiry today after the body of an elderly man was discovered in Ipswich.

Although police said they were treating the macabre discovery as suspicious a spokesman for the Suffolk force added that officers would know more about the circumstances surrounding the pensioners death after a post mortem this afternoon.

The drama began after the man's corpse was found inside a bungalow in Wigmore Close just before 9.40pm yesterday.

The emergency services were despatched to the scene where it is believed the man lives alone.

Throughout the day officers wearing protective white suits and shoes have been going in and out of the house to collect forensic evidence.

One resident of the close who lives just doors away from the bungalow noticed the police activity shortly after she awoke today.

"There was just a Fiesta with two police officers who stayed outside," she said.

"The postman was not allowed near the house and there have been lots of comings and goings of police during the day."

Simon Stevens, a spokesman for Suffolk Police, today said he was unable to give the details of any injuries the deceased, who is believed to be in his 70s, had suffered.

However he stressed that the investigation was in its early stages and a pathologist's report later today should clarify exactly how the pensioner died.

"We got a call just before 10pm yesterday," said Mr Stevens.

"We went to the scene and found a deceased male. At the moment the death is being treated as suspicious."

He added that the investigation is being handled by CID officers based at Ipswich police station.

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