Police investigating ‘suspicious death’ after body found in house

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Police investigating ‘suspicious death’ after body found in Vaughan George Hendrie, 37, from Nottinghamshire, was found in a house in Kearsley. Photograph: West Yorkshire Police/PA

Police are investigating after a 37-year-old man from Nottinghamshire was found dead in Yorkshire.

Officers were called to an address in Kearsley on Saturday afternoon after the body of a man was discovered, West Yorkshire police said.

The victim was identified as George Hendrie and officers are treating his death as suspicious.

He is not believed to have been a resident of the address.

West Yorkshire police said that Hendrie’s family have been informed and a postmortem has been arranged.

Speaking after the discovery, Detective Superintendent Sam Birkby said: “An extensive investigation is under way to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the tragic death of this man.

“We are investigating how he came to be in the property in Kearsley and we are working with local people to piece together his movements in the hours leading up to his death.

“Sadly, he is not thought to have been a resident of the address and our thoughts are with his family.”

It is understood Hendrie is understood to have died at a property in Rydal Grove in the Bowwyn area of Kearsley.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he saw a police van outside Hendrie’s house early on Saturday.

She added: “The body was lying by the side of the road. There was a woman on the phone, talking to police. She wouldn’t say what happened to him.

“We’ve seen two police vehicles in the last week, but it’s been pretty quiet since the van went past.

“You could probably tell it was one of them because the police have been in there twice.”

She said the police had been in the street a few weeks ago, discussing a man being stabbed.

She added: “You could hear a lot of arguing.

“It was always pretty much neighbours arguing.”

Friends paid tribute to Hendrie on social media.

Kate Roberts said: “Gone too soon, just another name added to the police books!

“I have known you for many years, even before I moved down here, and miss you already, we had so many great memories.

“We both have young kids, you and I were so close and kind and thoughtful and when I saw the news my heart skipped a beat.

“Rest In Peace George, I’m going to miss you loads!”

Kim Ashwin described Hendrie as “a really kind and kind guy”.

She said: “Me and my friends and his friends had watched one of his movies on YouTube and were really discussing him on Facebook. We started up a women’s group for George and we all got together last week and met up for a night out, this is such a shame.

“My heart goes out to his mum, his family, all his friends, all his friends that knew him, who have now lost a family member, and especially his sister.

“He was such a kind and kind guy, as I am sure everyone would say he was.

“What will never be forgotten in this terrible time is his beauty face to face, his laugh, his personality, the happy smile on his face.”

He is the 13th murder victim in Yorkshire this year.

The latest murder victim is one of 30 people to have died as a result of a knife crime incident in the UK so far this year.

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