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Suspected poisoning as bodies found in Bognor flat
Two people have been found dead in a basement flat following a suspected chemical poisoning.
Emergency services were called after a friend found the bodies of a 51-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman in the property near Bognor seafront.
Ambulance staff wearing protec- tive bio-suits and breathing apparatus entered the flat fearing a leak of a noxious substance.
Reports on social media sites claimed that the house had been used as a “den” for crystal meth users.
However police officers said they were keeping an “open mind” on the causes of death.
They added any speculation linking the incident to drugs had come from neighbours and not from officers.
Bognor town councillor Tony Gardiner said: “I feel very sorry for the people who died, it’s a sad affair.
“Park Road is a very nice area actually. It’s quite desirable and backs on to the sailing club.
“If it is drug use I would be a little surprised but unfortunately it is one of those things, you don’t know where it happens."
Police were called to the basement flat in Park Road, Bognor, at just before 3.45pm on Friday.
Neighbours said they saw two body bags being brought out of the property later that afternoon.
Officers said it was not clear how long the bodies had been in the property.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Their deaths are currently being treated as unexplained and at this stage are not being treated as suspicious.
“But due to the presence of a chemical related to one or both of the bodies the police and coroner’s office are continuing to investigate the cause of death.”
A hazardous response team from South East Coast Ambulance service attended the property but there was no need to evacuate neighbouring properties.
A police spokeswoman said this was a matter of procedure.
She added post-mortems and toxi- cology tests will be carried out on the two victims this week to establish the pair’s cause of death.
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