A man believed to be in his late 20s has died outside a home in Waddon, with describing the death as “sudden” and treating it as “unexplained”.

Emergency services were called at 4.18am on Friday (January 12) to Williams Terrace where they found an unconscious man.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Met Police are currently treating the death as unexplained and no arrests have been made.

Police have been standing guard outside the property

A post-mortem will be carried out to establish how the man died.

Forensics teams have been seen at work at the property throughout the day.

Packages of what clothing have been brought out by the specialist teams as officers investigate the circumstances of the death.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: “Police in Croydon are dealing with a sudden death.

“Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service at 4.18am on Friday, January 12 to a residential address in Williams Terrace.

“A man in his late 20s had been found unconscious near the premises and was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.

Police at the scene

“A post mortem examination will take place. There have been no arrests.

“The death is being treated as unexplained at this time

“A report will be compiled for the coroner.”

Police appear to be removing bags of clothing

Police were seen to be guarding a small forensics tent put up outside the home for several hours on Friday.

D’Andra Buchanan, 22, said she saw a body being removed from the property earlier in the day.

“Me and my dad were awake at 4am when five police cars, two ambulance vans and a fire engine turned up,” she said.

“Police cars were here until about 7am and we saw them move a body at about midday. We didn’t hear anything from the house, the first thing we knew was the fire engine and police turning up.”

Forensics exit the property with an evidence bag

A 37-year-old woman, who asked not to be named and lives in Bates Crescent, told our reporter: “ It’s just so sad for something like this to happen.

“I’m surprised I didn’t hear anything. My husband saw police and the tent was up when I left to take the children to school at 7am.

“I’ve seen plain clothes officers but that’s it. It’s just so worrying for something to happen so close to home.

“We’ve lived here for six years and nothing like this has happened before.”

The forensics tent

Osei Asibey, 62, who lives on Bates Crescent, the road adjoining Williams Terrace, said it was “a real pity” someone had died.

“I saw police there this morning and an ambulance move a body after 11am. I’ve lived here for ten years and it’s terrible to hear someone’s died, a real pity.

“The old owners left a year ago and I don’t know who lived there but what a shame for that to happen near here.”

*If you knew the victim and would like to pay tribute to him call 01737 305577 or email newsdesk@croydonadvertiser.co.uk



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