Derby murder investigation: Police launch probe

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Police officers investigate after the body of a man was found in Vaughan, Derbyshire Police are treating the death of a man found in Derby as suspicious. The body…

Derby murder investigation: Police launch probe

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Police officers investigate after the body of a man was found in Vaughan, Derbyshire

Police are treating the death of a man found in Derby as suspicious.

The body of the man, in his 30s, was found by a family member at a flat in Dalton Road, Vaughan, Derby, on Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives believe he may have died on Monday. The victim, who was black, was wearing jeans and a brown top.

Neighbours say they heard “heavy thuds” during the last week.

Detectives would not reveal if the man was the victim of domestic violence.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Officers have informed the family of this man and they have been provided with the opportunity to speak to them face-to-face.

“The post-mortem examination was not able to ascertain the cause of death, however this will be a subject of police enquiries.”

Residents of the street have told the BBC they believe the victim had been heard screaming in the house during the last week.

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Trevor Leeming, who lives near the scene, said: “The screaming he was heard screaming about a week ago at 10.30pm.

“He was heard shouting and it’s a violent building.”

Brian Theobald, another local resident, said: “I was going out of the garage, I heard a heavy thud from the house.

“I just thought someone had fallen out of the back window.

“It’s terrible, it’s terrible news and it’s really shocked everybody on the street.”

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Police tape surrounded the house on Tuesday

Detectives have examined CCTV cameras and have been searching the house.

Detective Inspector Dave Keeler said: “Our priority is to establish the circumstances of this incident and to establish the identity of the victim.”

The coroner will now begin to establish the cause of death and will release the identity when they are known.

To share information with police, call 101 quoting 5618 02/06/18.

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