Murder probe: Police quiz father

A PENSIONER was today being questioned by police over the death of his son in a Suffolk town.Residents in Clopton Gardens in Hadleigh today spoke of their shock at the death of the41-year-old, believed to be Simon Mitchell.

A PENSIONER was today being questioned by police over the death of his son in a Suffolk town.

Residents in Clopton Gardens in Hadleigh today spoke of their shock at the death of the

41-year-old, believed to be Simon Mitchell.

Suffolk police are holding his 68-year-old father - known as Mitch - on suspicion of

murder.

The pensioner's arrest came after officers were called to a semi-detached house in Clopton Gardens in the town at about 9.45pm yesterday, following a report a man had been injured.

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When they arrived they found the man suffering from a severe head injury. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Neighbours in Clopton Gardens woke today to the scene of a police cordon around the house. Uniformed officers stood guard at both the front and rear of the property. The dead man - named by residents as Simon Mitchell - had never married. He is believed to have lived at the house with his father for 12 years.

One neighbour who surveyed the scene in her dressing gown this morning said: “I'm shocked. You don't expect it to happen. I don't know them that well.

“Mitch is very friendly. He used to be a paramedic. I'm really, really surprised.”

Another neighbour said: “They both seemed like nice men. I didn't hear anything.

“I can't believe it's happened here. It's just a normal street, we don't expect it.”

One neighbour said the dead man was “very clever, especially with model aircrafts”.

As the investigation into the death continued, a Suffolk police spokes-man said: “A 68-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at Bury St Edmunds police station.”

It is understood a Home Office pathologist will carry out a post-mortem examination today to establish how the man died.

The police spokesman said no further details would be released about the dead man until his next of kin had been traced.

Residents faced a cordon saying 'police line, do not cross' today as they passed the house at the centre of the drama.

There was little sign of any movement inside, although a female officer wearing a reflective jacket was seen entering the property this morning.

A white van could be seen parked at the rear of the house.