Two bodies found in home – neighbours evacuated as police probe unexplained deaths


The bodies of a man and woman have been found inside a house in Norfolk.

The bodies were found in Becclesgate, Dereham shortly before midday and Norfolk Police are treating the deaths as unexplained.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated due to the smell of gas at the scene, the force said.

One resident told a local newspaper emergency services had told them there was a ‘severe gas leak.’

Fire crews were called to the scene as nearby residents were asked to leave their homes ‘as a precaution,’ police said.

The firefighters entered the building first to make sure the area was safe.

Heidi-Marie Cocks, who lives in the street with her one-year-old daughter, was asked to evacuate her home.

She told the Dereham Times residents of the street were told there was a “severe gas leak” and they were not allowed to fetch their belongings or moves their cars

Ms Cocks said: “It’s such a quiet estate, you never expect anything like this to happen, it’s very scary.”

The full police statement issued on Thursday afternoon said: “Officers were called to a property in Becclesgate in Dereham today shortly before 12pm following concerns the safety of local residents who had been found unresponsive by neighbours.

“Police, fire and ambulance attended the scene and the bodies of a man and woman were discovered inside a property. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

“The deaths are currently being treated as unexplained and officers will be making enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“Due to the smell of gas nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution and firefighters entered the building first to make sure the area was safe.”