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Dead men 'embroiled in dispute'

Two neighbours found dead in their homes may have been embroiled in an ongoing dispute, residents have said.

Detectives are investigating after the men were found dead by paramedics late on Sunday afternoon in their homes in Eagle Lane, Braintree.

The men are not believed to be related to one another but police are treating their deaths as suspicious.

One of the men has been named as Alan Taylor, 59. The second man has not yet been formally identified.

Reports suggest the men, both described as middle-aged, had fallen out over parking in the narrow road, which only has one entrance.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "They certainly didn't get on and people are saying that it got worse over Christmas.

"I try to keep my nose out of other people's business so it's difficult to say what it's about but parking is a problem around here."

Paramedics were called to a report of a man, believed to be Mr Taylor, suffering a cardiac arrest. When they arrived he was already dead.

It is believed paramedics were then alerted to another body in the neighbouring property.

Essex Police later said they believed the second man was Richard Wight, 55, who lived on the street. Formal identification will take place in the next 48 hours.

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