Life lost in squalid flat

BLONDE-HAIRED and blue-eyed, Natasha Hurn was a 19-year-old who should have had her whole life opening up before her.Yet today, her relatives had been informed that the curly-haired girl was found dead, amid the squalor of an Ipswich flat in James Hatfield House, Purplett Street.

BLONDE-HAIRED and blue-eyed, Natasha Hurn was a 19-year-old who should have had her whole life opening up before her.

Yet today, her relatives had been informed that the curly-haired girl was found dead, amid the squalor of an Ipswich flat in James Hatfield House, Purplett Street.

Claire Robinson, 21, of Ipswich, was one of the people who found Miss Hurn's body yesterday.

She said: "She had a lot going for her. I feel sorry for her family. It is just sad to see that something like this could happen to her."

Claire found Natasha, together with a mystery man who is believed to be one of the girl's friends.

Today, as she told of the grim discovery, she said: "He came in the morning – he was a friend. That is what he told me. He had got into the building and gone to her front door.

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"He heard the TV and thought she was in there so he looked through the letterbox. He started to get suspicious and called through the door.

"He tried the door to see if it was open - it was. That is when he saw the body. He said 'Can you just see if she is dead?' He had gone into the hallway, but not into the living room. That is when I went in there. She wasn't alive."

Mum-of-two Leila Fox who lived next door to the dead girl, told the Star yesterday how she then went to the teenager's flat, and saw her on the settee laying on her back with her left arm hanging off the sofa.

Ms Fox said: "I felt physically sick. I keep reliving the image of her. I can't get it out of my head."

She said neighbours had heard a groaning noises from the flat where the woman lived alone, on Wednesday night, but when Ms Fox banged on the door to see if she was all right the noises had stopped and she thought no more of it.

Ms Robinson was struck by the state of the flat.

She said: "It wasn't lived in really. It was all messy. There were lots of things all over the coffee table.

"It looked as though someone had just gone in and not bothered to put things away, and things like food containers were all over the floor.

"It looked like a doss house. There were empty drink bottles and juice bottles and cigarette ends, and the body had been in there for some time."

A neighbour said that Miss Hurn was believed to have used drugs.

She added that neighbours had complained about people coming and going from the flat at all hours.

The neighbour added that blood, believed to be from fights, had also been spotted in the hallway outside Natasha's flat.

A post mortem was carried out at Ipswich Hospital yesterday and further tests are underway.

The death is still being treated as unexplained by police.

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