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Uxbridge Gazette - - News -

A CLOSE-KNIT Cowley com­mu­nity are in shock af­ter find­ing a “recluse” neigh­bour dead at home.

Res­i­dents re­ported the death to po­lice af­ter find­ing the man’s body in his Verona Close flat near Uxbridge at 9.15am on Fri­day May 11.

Of­fi­cers at­tended the prop­erty and a man was pro­nounced dead at the scene. His death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

Jo Thorp, who was among the three neigh­bours who found him, said: “It’s so sad – we’re all very close in the block, we have tea to­gether a lot and speak to each other, but he was ab­so­lutely a recluse. None of us even knew his name un­til the po­lice told us it on Fri­day – it’s so sad.”

“It’s the fact that he was there for so long and ab­so­lutely no­body knew he was dead, no­body knew he was gone. It’s re­ally shocked us all.”

She added: “One of my neigh­bours who lived on the same floor as him said the only time she saw him was when he put his arm out the door to col­lect takeaways.”

Miss Thorp said that she and neigh­bours had no­ticed a bad smell in the build­ing about a month be­fore they found the man’s body, but had put it down to the bins.

She added: “One of my neigh­bours is a para­medic and we fi­nally de­cided to go in and check the flat on Fri­day be­cause we no­ticed the door was on the latch. Two of us waited at the door while she went in – she re­alised what had hap­pened and called the po­lice im­me­di­ately, the smell was aw­ful.”

She added: “It’s re­ally shocked all of us. It’s the last thing you ex­pect – we have no idea how it hap­pened.

“We’re a close com­mu­nity and even though we didn’t know him, if there’s a coro­ner’s hear­ing then we’d all like to go to show our re­spects.

“He never had any vis­i­tors and we don’t know where his fam­ily are - it’s just re­ally sad.”

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman said: “Po­lice were called at 9.20am on Fri­day to re­ports of a dead body at a res­i­den­tial ad­dress in Verona Close, Uxbridge.

“Of­fi­cers and the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at­tended. The man (no fur­ther de­tails) was pro­nounced dead at the scene. The death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious. A file has been pre­pared for the coro­ner.”

Ef­forts are be­ing made to trace his next of kin.

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A man was found dead at home in Verona Close

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