Police refer man's death to coroner

PUBLISHED: 09:41 27 January 2011

Emergency services outside chemical incident in St Albans

Emergency services outside chemical incident in St Albans

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A MAN's death has been referred to the coroner after his body was found in a St Albans property yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon.

Police made the discovery in Hatfield Road at 2pm following reports of concerns for the welfare of the man, who was in his 20s.

No suspicious circumstances are thought to be involved in the death and it is thought that the man committed suicide.

But there was a high number of emergency service staff in attendance due to suspected chemicals being found in the premises and various specialist units to deal with such incidents were deployed.

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson, who attended the incident, said: “Due to a report of the property possibly containing chemicals, our trust’s hazardous area response team (HART) were dispatched to the scene.”

The man was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after they entered the property at around 3.30pm.

Hatfield Road was closed in both ways between the junctions with Ashley Road and at the small roundabout near Morrisons Supermarket but the road reopened at around 9.30pm.

Police have stressed that there was no risk to members of the public in the immediate vicinity.

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