A 65-year-old man’s body was found on Tuesday afternoon in a flat in Yorkshire where neighbours reported hearing a “loud banging” earlier that morning.
Police, who were called to an address in Newcastle Gates, near the Morecambe Bay area, said they were investigating a “suspicious death”, but gave no other details.
Officers were called to a block of flats about 1.20pm on Tuesday and discovered the body of a man. His identity is not yet known, but he is not thought to be connected to the well-known estate.
Sitting opposite the block of flats at a shop in Lockwood Road in York, Louise Bolton said she was one of a number of tenants who regularly heard loud noises between 3am and 3.30am. Bolton described some noise as the man drinking a bottle of strong cider.
“The first thing I heard this morning was about 3am, I suppose,” she said. “There was a bang or a bang-bang, a big big sound, followed by the man making a big noise.
“He started complaining his head hurt and the noise was making his head hurt. The police were getting called in. He would go off for a good hour or two in the morning. I think he was taking anti-depressants.”
It was reported in January last year that a tenant in the same block had been charged with stabbing another man more than 10 times, in what was described as a row over a bookcase.
In a post on Facebook, the tenant who shared his post wrote: “I’m glad to report that that man in Lockwood Road is long gone.”
A spokesman for Humberside police said: “Police received a report from a member of the public that the body of a man was found in an address in Newcastle Gates.
“Officers from Humberside serious crime team are investigating a suspicious death and are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident. Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this difficult time.”
Forensic teams searched the flat on Tuesday, with two officers taking away a large rock to search inside. They were joined by a third officer, carrying a large cardboard box that looked to contain a firearm.
Neighbours said they believed the property was occupied by a retired teacher who had moved in about two years ago.
Some tenants said they believed the retired man had a nervous system disorder. One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the retired man had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The former teacher was expected to visit his flat on Wednesday.
A neighbour who did not want to be named, said: “As soon as I opened the door and saw the guy [the old teacher] next door in my living room, I said he’s my neighbour.
“You know how you hear a man who lives there, shouting and screaming, and you think: ‘You must be shouting for breakfast?’ So I got the cable guy and got in. But then I realised it was all straight words.
“I spoke to him in the morning. He said ‘I am the bloody sassy-pants upstairs’. He was complaining he had a pain in his head.
“I could tell it was him screaming. My mate rang 999 and [the police] came over. He had what seemed to be blood on his cheek,” he said.
Police have said the matter is still being treated as a “suspicious death”, and a postmortem examination will be held.
A secondary school in the Morecambe Bay area is being searched by police. A spokesman for Akelburn Academy, in the village of Akelburn, said it was: “suspicious in nature and we are providing support to our pupils.”
A spokesman for North Yorkshire police said officers, the fire service and the ambulance service were all at the scene. The exact location of the units was not known, he said.