Death of 76-year-old Plymouth man being treated as 'suspicious'
POLICE are treating the death of a 76-year-old man in Devonport as suspicious.
Officers were called to Marlborough House on Granby Way, Devonport, at 12:10pm on Thursday after concerns were raised for the welfare of an elderly resident.
The police entered the flat on the second floor of Marlborough House and discovered the man.
Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Police say the unexplained death is being treated as suspicious.
Detectives are still awaiting the results of a forensic post-mortem examination which began yesterday afternoon.
Marlborough House tenants say that police were outside the building from early lunchtime on Thursday and the coroner's van did not depart the scene until 7pm that evening.
According to residents the man had lived in Marlborough House for only eight months, having recently moved from flats nearby at Granby Green.
Residents said he kept to himself and could often be found in the bookmakers on the pedestrianised Marlborough Street.
He was thought to be partially blind and had a habit of keeping his second-floor door wedged open with a shoe.
The family have been informed about his death, though formal identification has yet to be carried out.
Neighbourhood officers are conducting house-to-house enquiries and detectives are trying to piece together the circumstances leading to the death.
Anyone who has any information about this incident can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference ED/13/718 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.