Body of man in 50s found in house in Dereham

The body of a man has been found at Dreibholz Court, Dereham

The body of a man has been found at Dreibholz Court, Dereham - Credit: Noah Vickers

The body of a man has been found by police at a home in a Norfolk town. 

Paramedics alerted officers after attending an address in Dreibholz Court, off Norwich Road, Dereham, around 10.50am on Thursday. 

The body of a man aged in his 50s was found inside the property with a police cordon currently in place. 

Dreibholz Court in Dereham

Dreibholz Court in Dereham - Credit: Noah Vickers

Norfolk Police has said the death is currently being treated as unexplained. 

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding the man's death. 

A police car keeping watch on the entrance to Dreibholz Court in Dereham

A police car keeping watch on the entrance to Dreibholz Court in Dereham - Credit: Noah Vickers


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A police car is keeping watch on the entrance to Dreibholz Court and was stationed next to Neatherd High School at Friday lunchtime. 

A neighbour said emergency services had to smash the front door window to gain access. 

The front door window of a property on Dreibholz Court has been boarded up 

The front door window of a property on Dreibholz Court has been boarded up - Credit: Noah Vickers

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The window has been boarded up since.

Forensic services were also on the scene at Dreibholz Court

Forensic services were also on the scene at Dreibholz Court - Credit: Contributed

Over the course of Friday morning, police were seen driving in and out of the close, and appeared to be making enquiries with neighbours. 

"It's quite scary," said neighbour Richard Wilson.

"It's a really quiet place, this. Nothing happens here, generally."

He added that the man he believed had died was not often seen: "He was a recluse. He never came out."

Multiple neighbours said they had seen a police car and what they understood to be an unmarked police car in the early hours of Thursday morning, parked inside the close. 

Mr Wilson said he had heard "chatting" at about 3am that morning.

Neighbour Steph Mace said the police headlights could be seen from inside her home in the early hours of that morning. 

"They were shining right through our window. It was a bit creepy," she said. 

Another neighbour, Mark Greentree said: "I don’t know what happened to him, but I saw all the ambulances."

Mr Greentree pointed out that Dreibholz Court had a history of incidents involving the police - a fact which tempered his shock. 

"We have had several deaths here already. 

"It wasn’t so much of a shock… It was more like: whose [house] is it this time?" said Mr Greentree. 

A body was seen being carried away at about 9pm on Thursday night, neighbours said, and police were also seen searching nearby bins.

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