Whitby body

Police say a body found at a house in Broomfield Terrace in Whitby is that of a local man and they are not treating the death as suspicious.

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Whitby body: "not suspicious."

Police investigating the discovery of a body at a derelict house in Whitby on Saturday, say they believe it is that of a local man - and they are not treating the death as suspicious. The body was found in the house in Broomfield Terrace by a workman carrying out renovation work.

Police initially said the death was being treated as "unexplained." The property was sealed off and an investigation launched. But on Sunday afternoon, North Yorkshire Police said there was nothing to suggest that there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Officers say they do not expect to be in a position to release the man's identity for some time.

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Workmen find body in Whitby house

A derelict house in Whitby has been sealed off after workmen renovating the building, found a body. North Yorkshire Police say the body appears to have been in the property "for some time." They are treating the death as unexplained.

Police were called to the house in Broomfield Terrace, behind Bagdale, near the town centre, shortly after 2pm on Saturday. Police have released few other details and have not said whether the body is that of a man or a woman.

A number of rumours circulated on social media about the discovery of the body and police have now urged people not to speculate about what has happened.

"Enquiries remain ongoing to establish the identity and cause of death to establish if there are any suspicious circumstances. While police enquiries are ongoing, we urge people to refrain from speculating about the incident. We are not likely to be in a position to have further updates for several days."

– Spokesman, North Yorkshire Police.

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