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King's Lynn man died from stab wound to the heart

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2013

A Police officer stands outside the flat at Butterwick on the Fairstead Estate where a man's body was found on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Ian Burt

A Police officer stands outside the flat at Butterwick on the Fairstead Estate where a man's body was found on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Ian Burt

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The death of a man whose body was found in a flat in King's Lynn could have been a personal tragedy with no one else involved.

That is thought to be one of the lines of inquiry being pursued by officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT) following the death of the man who was found inside a property at Butterwick, on the Fairstead Estate.

The investigation was launched after the discovery of the body of the man, who has not been named but was in his 50s, at about 4pm on Tuesday.

A Home Office post-mortem examination carried out yesterday revealed he died as a result of a stab wound to the heart.

Detectives continue to treat the death as unexplained pending further inquiries, although there are early indications there was no third party involvement – giving rise to the belief that it might have been a personal tragedy.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic incident and we are working hard to establish the full circumstances in order to bring some peace of mind to the family and wider community.”

The death has been referred to the coroner and an inquest will take place in due course.

A police cordon remains in place at the address in Butterwick where the body was found.

As previously reported, paramedics were called but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries following the discovery to try to unravel the mystery of what happened there.

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