Investigation into Ipswich deaths

INVESTIGATIONS are being carried out today into the deaths of two people in Ipswich.A woman, believed to be Sharon Tookey was found dead at her home in Kestrel Road, Chantry on Saturday morning and later in the day a man was found dead at his home in Austin Street.

INVESTIGATIONS are being carried out today into the deaths of two people in Ipswich.

A woman, believed to be Sharon Tookey was found dead at her home in Kestrel Road, Chantry on Saturday morning and later in the day a man was found dead at his home in Austin Street.

Two men, one aged 43 and one aged 37, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, in connection with the death of Ms Tookey. One is believed to be Michael East, who also lives at the address.

Police were called to Kestrel Road at 11.45am on Saturday by the ambulance service, who had received a call from a telephone box and found the body of Ms Tookey, who is believed to be in her 30s.

Mr East is thought to have been arrested at the scene while the other man is believed to have been arrested later in the day at an address elsewhere in the town.

Ms Tookey's next-door-neighbour, who wished to remain nameless, said there was always a lot of people coming and going from the house and the residents played loud music and often shouted.

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The 40-year-old said: "I heard a knock on the door about 7am on Saturday and I had a funny feeling.

"There is always people coming and going through the night and they will play loud music for two or three days at a time.

"They aren't the easiest people to get on with."

Other neighbours said the man and woman were not well known in the street and said they were saddened by the news.

John Allen, 78, who lives opposite the house, said: "I only know them to say hello and good morning to.

"He is very quiet.”

Other neighbours said the male resident would often wear a pink trilby hat and had a tattoo on his face and described Ms Tookey as "skinny" with red hair.

Ron Chisnall, 82, who also lives opposite the couple said they had called to see him when his wife died last year and offered to lend him a hand if he needed anything.

The normally quiet street has twice been blighted by high profile deaths. In 2001 Lorraine Baldwin was murdered by her ex-husband Neighbours said the street was usually quiet but some recalled the murder of Lorraine Baldwin in April 2001 in the same street.

Ms Baldwin's ex-husband Terence Abbott doused her in petrol and set her on fire.

He is currently serving life in prison for the 42-year-old's murder.

n. Police are continuing to treat the death of the man in Austin Street as unexplained.

The man, believed to be called Carl and is thought to be aged 36 was found dead by a neighbour at around 6.45pm on Saturday.

He is thought to be unemployed and has family in Colchester. Diane Hart, 62, lives in the flat below the dead man who had lived there for around nine months.

She said: “He was quite pleasant and polite, never any bother. I do believe he had problems with alcohol.

“I'm shocked about what happened because at the end of the day he was young and he was somebody's son. I just wished I could have helped him more.”

Do you want to pay tribute to either person? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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