Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Decaying body of suspected burglar found in chimney of English legal firm

The body of a suspected burglar has been found in the chimney of a firm of solicitors.

Derbyshire Police are investigating after the man's body was found in the chimney of Moody and Woolley solicitors on St Mary's Gate in Derby city centre.

Staff at the firm were alerted to the grisly find by the smell.

Police were sent to the city centre premises around noon on Wednesday afternoon and cordoned off the area while they removed the man's body.

Officers have launched an investigation and are currently treating the death as unexplained.

Staff at the firmsaid they noticed a gap in the wall in an unused part of the building about a month ago and thought it looked as if someone had tried to break in.

Julie Marson, senior partner at Moody & Woolley, said it appeared to be an "awful" tragedy.

She said: "It's such a dreadful way for anybody to die, regardless of what the chap was trying to do."

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: "Officers are working to establish the identity of the man and inform his family.

"The death is being treated as unexplained."

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