Shock after man found dead on city pave­ment

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A man was found dead yes­ter­day morn­ing on a pave­ment op­po­site an In­ver­ness ho­tel.

A mem­ber of the pub­lic alerted emer­gency ser­vices to the un­re­spon­sive man, thought to be in his 50s, on South­side Road by the Heath­mount Ho­tel, just after 8am.

Of­fi­cers at­tended and found the man who was then pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A po­lice spokes­woman said that the death is be­ing treated as a med­i­cal mat­ter.

Yes­ter­day a state­ment is­sued by po­lice stated that there were “no ap­par­ent sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances” and that the man’s next of kin would be in­formed.

In­ver­ness res­i­dent Su­san Welsh was driv­ing along Kings mills Road at about 8 .45am when she saw an am­bu­lance parked just be­fore the traf­fic lights be­side the Heath­mount.

She said: “As I slowed down for the lights I re­alised there was a po­lice car in front of the am­bu­lance and when I looked left, I was shocked to see what looked like a body, cov­ered in a white sheet, ly­ing on the path lead­ing to one of the houses.

“The area was busy with chil­dren go­ing to Crown Pri­mary School and peo­ple mak­ing their way to work. It’s aw­fully sad to think of some­one pass­ing away while all around, the area was full of life.”

Yes­ter­day, two po­lice vans could be seen parked out­side the prop­erty of 16 South­side Road, un­til about 12.45pm, and a blue tent had been erected in the gar­den.

A work­man at the prop­erty said he saw the man ly­ing on the pave­ment out­side but said he was not able to re­veal any more de­tails.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened not far from Crown Pri­mary School, and mothers were putting posts up on so­cial me­dia warn­ing oth­ers not to take their chil­dren that way to school.

A shop as­sis­tant in the Crown area said: “Most of our cus­tomers have been shocked and are in dis­be­lief by what has hap­pened. There is a lot of peo­ple around at that time of day, too.”

Other walk­ers on the street at lunchtime yes­ter­day also ex­pressed their shock and sad­ness about what had hap­pened.

“Shocked to see what looked like a body”

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