Sudden death in Bury treated as suspicious

Police and Scene of Crime officers on Higher Baxter Street in Bury St Edmunds.
Police and Scene of Crime officers on Higher Baxter Street in Bury St Edmunds.
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POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding a sudden death of a man at a property in Bury St Edmunds.

At around 9.10am on Friday, officers were called to a flat above the jewellery store ‘Collis & Sons’ in High Baxter Street after a call from a member of the public.

Police are currently treating the death of the male, believed to be in his 60’s, as suspicious.

Following an initial assessment, police say the property was likely to have been the scene of a burglary.

The scene remains cordoned off and enquiries into the circumstances of the death are on going.

Crime scene investigators are also currently at the scene.

DCI Neil Luckett, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are still in the early stages of the investigation and our enquiries continue to establish what exactly has taken place.

“Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be working with officers from the Major Investigation Team to carry out house to house enquiries and community reassurance patrols throughout today.

“The scene will remain sealed while we continue to carry out a forensic investigation of the premises where he was found as well as the jewellery store and searches of the surrounding area.

“I would ask that anyone who has any information about the incident to contact police.

“Following initial assessment of the scene it is likely that the premises were subject of a burglary and that is a line of enquiry which we are examining closely.

“I’d appeal for any witnesses who may have been in the area of Abbeygate Street or Lower Baxter Street last night or the early hours of this morning who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward and tell us.”

The coroner has been informed and will carry out a post mortem to establish the cause of death.

The body will not be formally identified until the next of kin have been contacted.

Police urge anyone with information to call the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Constabulary on 101. Alternatively information can be passed to police by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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