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Floral tributes to ‘lovely person’ as police probe double death

PUBLISHED: 12:35 22 July 2020 | UPDATED: 17:29 22 July 2020

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Friends and neighbours of two people found dead in a house in Gorleston have left floral tributes at the scene.

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA WireEmergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Emergency services responded in large numbers to an incident in Oxford Avenue at around 7pm on Tuesday (July 21) with multiple police, ambulance and fire crews rushing to the street.

The road was cordoned off and forensic officers were seen entering the upstairs flat and taking photographs.

Flowers have been left outside a house in Oxford Avenue, Gorleston. Police have launched a probe into the deaths of a man and a woman after two bodies were found at the scene Picture: Liz CoatesFlowers have been left outside a house in Oxford Avenue, Gorleston. Police have launched a probe into the deaths of a man and a woman after two bodies were found at the scene Picture: Liz Coates

Norfolk police have confirmed two people, a man and a woman, were found dead in the same room in the property.

Today (Wednesday July 22) a single police vehicle sits outside the home on the tight-knit Magdalene Estate where neighbours gathered in small groups to share their shock and upset.

A police car outside a property in Oxford Avenue, Gorleston, where a man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene Picture: Liz CoatesA police car outside a property in Oxford Avenue, Gorleston, where a man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene Picture: Liz Coates

They reported multiple police, fire, and ambulance vehicles at the scene last night which one woman described as “frightening”.

She said: “Nothing ever happens round here and for it to be something like that is unbelievable and really sad.”

Police forensic officers at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA WirePolice forensic officers at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Near neighbours who knew the woman who had died described her as “bubbly and friendly” and “a lovely person who would always say hello”.

Another said she was “shocked and really numb”.

Incident tape left by the emergency services after two bodies were found in a house in Oxford Avenue. The road was closed for a time but has now reopened Picture: Liz CoatesIncident tape left by the emergency services after two bodies were found in a house in Oxford Avenue. The road was closed for a time but has now reopened Picture: Liz Coates

“I am absolutely devastated. This does not feel right. She was a lovely person.”

Several people laid flowers at the scene for the woman, a mother of two.

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA WireEmergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A near neighbour said that during the response she was asked to leave her home because of fears about gas.

A statement from the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were called to Oxford Avenue shortly before 8.30pm yesterday (Tuesday).

Floral tributes outside a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA WireFloral tributes outside a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

“We sent a range of resources, including ambulance officers and crews from our hazardous area response team. Sadly, two people were pronounced dead at the scene.”

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said two bodies were discovered at a property in Gorleston.

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo:: Joe Giddens/PA WireEmergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo:: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A statement said: “Emergency services were called to an address in Oxford Avenue shortly after 7.30pm after police received a report of concern for the safety of a person at the property.

“Officers forced entry to the property and discovered the bodies of a man and woman in one of the rooms of the house.

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA WireEmergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

“They were pronounced dead at the scene.

“The deaths are currently being treated as unexplained and officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA WireEmergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire


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