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Death of man found in Foxhall Road property with gas canisters yesterday not being treated as suspicious

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:45 02 February 2016

The police cordon in place at Foxhall Road in Ipswich after the discovery of a man's body and gas canisters at an address

The police cordon in place at Foxhall Road in Ipswich after the discovery of a man's body and gas canisters at an address

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The discovery of a man's body at a property in Ipswich yesterday is not being treated as suspicious, according to police.

Suffolk Constabulary said they were called to Foxhall Road around 11.35am to reports of a man “who appeared to be deceased” in a property.

They added a number of gas canisters had also been discovered at the property.

All three emergency services are on the scene and a cordon was put up in the area, sealing off the Back Hamlet and Devonshire Road area. That was lifted shortly before 1pm.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “Police were contacted just after 11.35am this morning to reports a man appeared to be deceased at an address in Foxhall Road in Ipswich.

“Officers attended, along with ambulance and fire personnel after it was reported there were also gas canisters inside the address.

“The body of a man was found inside and the canisters were checked by the fire service before the property was declared safe around 12.40pm. Initial enquiries are underway at the scene.”

Police earlier had been treating the death of the man, believed to be in his 40s, as unexplained until after a post mortem was carried out, but have since issued a statement which said it was not thought to be suspicious.

Neighbours near the property spoke of their shock at seeing so many emergency service vehicles at the scene.

One lady described it as being “like something from New York” while another said she had been concerned when being told there was gas involved in the incident.

Witness Daniel Baker said: “I was working up the road and saw all the flashing lights.

“I saw firemen and paramedics go inside with full gear on.”

The coroner has been informed, with an inquest set to be opened in due course.

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