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Police in double death probe

PUBLISHED: 17:48 08 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 14 October 2010

Mulberry Court

Mulberry Court

POLICE are trying to identify the bodies of two Finsbury residents who were found dead within days of each other in separate incidents. Neighbours expressed their shock this week after a man was found dead in his ground-loor flat in Mulberry Court, on t

POLICE are trying to identify the bodies of two Finsbury residents who were found dead within days of each other in separate incidents.

Neighbours expressed their shock this week after a man was found dead in his ground-loor flat in Mulberry Court, on the Brunswick Close Estate, in Tompion Street, at 7.50am on Friday.

And five days earlier the body of an unnamed woman was discovered half a mile away on the Barbican Estate, off Silk Street.

She had fallen five storeys to her death.

On Tuesday police were still trying to establish the identities of the two bodies and inform next of kin.

The deaths are not connected and are not being treated as suspicious.

The Mulberry Court resident, a 39-year-old council tenant, died from a suspected overdose of heroin substitute drug methadone.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: "I heard a lot of shouting in the morning. I was having my breakfast when I heard a girl scream. I don't know if that's when they found the body.

"People used to come and go at the door and there was a bit of music from his flat at night but it wasn't that bad. I feel sad for the parents."

The dead man's next door neighbour, a pensioner, added: "I saw a lot of cops around here. I saw him come and go but we didn't have much communication. He was a bit noisy but once I got my head down I didn't notice. I never saw any family, he lived alone."

The gruesome discovery followed the death of a woman whose lifeless body was found at 4pm on Monday, August 30, in a basement car park below the balcony of a third-floor apartment of Thomas More House, on the Barbican Estate. Neighbours laid three anonymous bouquets of flowers at the spot where she fell.

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said: "We were called at just after 4.10pm to reports of a fall from height at the Barbican centre. Unfortunately one patient - a woman - was dead at the scene."

The Barbican Estate sent out letters of reassurance to all residents in Thomas More, Mountjoy and Seddon Houses last Thursday.

One neighbour, who lives in Thomas More House, said: "It was a sad and shocking afternoon. I'd like to praise the police and emergency services. It can't be a very easy thing to witness but all in attendance were highly professional, discreet and compassionate."

Inquests into the deaths are expected to be opened later this week once the bodies have been formally identified.


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