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UPDATED: Elderly man found dead on Highfields estate in Stafford on Christmas morning

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

By Robin Scott

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AN Elderly man was found dead on the Highfield's estate in Stafford in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Staffordshire Police were called to the area at around 12:50am following reports of a body lying at the junction of Shakespeare Road and Wordsworth Avenue.

Following initial inquiries a 22-year-old man traced nearby was arrested in connection with the incident and is being held by police.

Detectives investigated the incident on the ground with support from the police helicopter.

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Police closed off Shakespeare Road, Wordsworth Avenue and a section of Vaughan Way for specialist officers to carry out inquiries at the scene.

Resident of those roads and some surrounding streets, including Auden Way, Cowley Close and Spenser Close were unable to use their vehicles while inquiries are ongoing but the cordon was lifted around 1pm.

Chief Inspector Jon Staite said: "We are grateful for the patience and understanding of the local community at this time whilst we carry out a detailed examination of the scene and work to identify the man who has died.

"Officers will be carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the coming hours to try and piece together exactly what has happened and we are appealing for anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the Highfields area in the early hours of this morning to come forward."

Staffordshire police are urging anyone with any information of who may have heard or seen any suspicious activity in the area and/or a white van in the area, to call 101 quoting incident number 25 of December 25.

UPDATE 14:00:

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "Specially trained police officers are with the family of the elderly local man who died as a result of this tragic incident.

"They are being supported and kept informed about the progress of the investigation.

"The 22-year-old man arrested in connection with this incident remains in police custody and will be questioned by officers as the investigation progresses.

"We would ask that no names of the man who died are posted onto social media until the formal identification has been released so that the family affected can ensure all relatives and loved ones are informed first.

"We want to thank everyone affected by the road closures for their understanding and support at this difficult time."

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  • gypsylee  |  December 26 2013, 1:47AM

    as the newsletter is a Stafford's own news paper and reports local new please tell us why I read about this hours on outside paper web sites and internet before on Stafford's own paper web site bit slow reporting here and it really looks like its been coped from other media paper sites . and while I am at it after the site altered what happened to the deaths Colum ? are we going to get it back on your web page .

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