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Two found dead in suspected suicide

Police are investigating a suspected double suicide after the bodies of two women were found in a flat.

Emergency services were called to a flat in Norman Court, Lower Richmond Road, Putney, shortly before 11am on Thursday.

They found the bodies of two women in a second floor flat at the red brick modern three-storey block.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were brought in over fears of a chemical spill and residents asked to stay in their homes.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the deaths were not being treated as suspicious "at this stage" and borough detectives were responsible for the inquiry.

Lower Richmond Road was cordoned off causing lengthy traffic jams in the busy south west London neighbourhood.

The spokesman added: "Police were called at 10.42am to a second floor flat in Norman Court, Lower Richmond Road, SW15. The bodies of two women were found at the scene. No arrests have been made and inquiries continue."

One neighbour, who overlooks the property, said he was told the women were young and had taped the windows of their flat closed.

The man, who asked not to be named, said: "We have been told two women taped up their windows and committed suicide. I am sure that is what happened, they committed suicide. It seemed firefighters feared there was some kind of toxic substance.

"The block is L-shaped and it is a flat on Pentlow Street. It is not on the main street. The block is mainly pensioners, but the women were apparently young."

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