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Deaths of man and woman in flat not suspicious, say police

The pair were found in a property in Gorleston, Norfolk, on Tuesday evening.

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The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property (Joe Giddens/PA)

The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property (Joe Giddens/PA)

The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property (Joe Giddens/PA)

The deaths of a man and woman who were found together inside a flat are not being treated as suspicious by detectives.

Norfolk Police said officers forced entry to the address in Oxford Avenue, Gorleston, on Tuesday.

The force said it received a report of concern for the safety of a person at the property shortly after 7.30pm.

Police said the pair, both believed to be aged in their 30s and known to one another, were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Emergency services outside the flat (Joe Giddens/ PA)

Emergency services outside the flat (Joe Giddens/ PA)

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Emergency services outside the flat (Joe Giddens/ PA)

The force said: “The deaths continue to be treated as unexplained, however, police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances at this stage and will prepare a file for the coroner in due course.”

The woman has been named locally as mother-of-two Alex Mills, and the man is believed to have been her partner, named locally as Raj.

Formal identification has yet to take place.

The bodies were taken from the address in an ambulance on Wednesday afternoon.

Floral tributes were left on a path to the flat while police in forensic suits conducted investigations inside the property, with three fire engines and the fire service’s environmental protection unit also on scene.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said a call was received shortly before 8.30pm on Tuesday, adding: “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 neighbour, who asked not to be named, said of Miss Mills: “When I was going through down patches she used to make me laugh.”

She said that Miss Mills, who did not live with her daughters, had worked at the Troll Cart Wetherspoons pub in Great Yarmouth before lockdown and was “supposed to be moving in together” with Raj.

A second neighbour said Miss Mills was “bubbly, friendly, she would always say hello”.

Another said: “She was at a Slimming World group I went to and did really well. She did fantastically well, brilliantly well. I’m absolutely devastated.”

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