Neighbours' horror after two people found dead in 'peaceful close'

A police officer stands by the alleyway cordon at the back of a property on Middleton Crescent in Ne

A police officer stands by the alleyway cordon at the back of a property on Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Residents have told of their shock following the discovery of two people dead in a home in a quiet road on the edge of Norwich.

Police were called to Middleton Crescent, New Costessey, at 11.30am on Saturday, July 31, following concerns for their safety.

When they arrived, officers found the bodies of a man and a woman — both believed to be in their 40s.

The public alleyway at the back of the house has been cordoned off, and is currently being manned by a police officer to block residents' access.

Local people said a man and his grown-up son and daughter had lived at the home — but it is thought the father had not been staying there for some time.

At this stage, it is believed the two people were the only ones in the house at the time of their death, and that no-one else was involved.

Post mortem examinations are being carried out on the two people before they are identified.

Most Read

One neighbour said: "They're a family of hermits. Don't bother anyone and keep themselves to themselves.

"The dad was in his 70s, the two adult kids in their 40s. 

A police officer stood at the front of a property on Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two p

A police officer stood at the front of a property on Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

A police officer stands by the alleyway cordon at the back of a property on Middleton Crescent in Ne

A police officer stands by the alleyway cordon at the back of a property on Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

"I've known them for years. They've been here as long as I have, but I can't say I knew them well.

"They didn't talk to anyone."

Another neighbour said: "The family were very reclusive. They did everything together as a trio.

"The only time I saw them out and about was when they went shopping at the convenience store on Stafford Avenue each day, which they did religiously."

She added: "I saw the son in the shop a couple of weeks ago, but haven't seen the dad or the daughter in ages.

Police tape at the back alley of a property on Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people

Police tape at the back alley of a property on Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

"I've been here 20 years. All the neighbours speak to each other and got on, but that family have always just minded their own business."

A woman living on Oak Close said: "It's really unsettling. It's just a quiet little close, and usually really peaceful.

"To see all those police cars and forensic vans on your doorstep is horrible."

Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead in a home. Picture: Danielle Bo

Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead in a home. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Her neighbour said: "We haven't slept.

"The police said we're safe, but we have no idea what's going on.

"My mum saw the dad a couple of weeks ago. They're a family that's quite well known in Costessey.

"The officers spent the night walking round and round the close and the alleyway with torches. My daughter was terrified. We could hear everything they were saying.

Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead in a home. Picture: Danielle Bo

Middleton Crescent in New Costessey where two people were found dead in a home. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

"It's really sad because that family have been here for decades — probably 30 years or more. They've been no trouble to anyone.

"The kids lost their mum a while back and it's just been those three for a long time.

"They were all very much recluses."

A police car sits at the back of the alleyway between Oak Close and Middleton Crescent

A police car sits at the back of the alleyway between Oak Close and Middleton Crescent - Credit: Sarah Burgess

Sian Warden, who lives on the other side of the road at Middleton Crescent, said: "Nothing ever happens here usually.

"There was a discovery of a weed farm in one of the houses a while back, but that's it.

"It's a totally quiet and normal street, and this makes it all the more unsettling."

A resident of Milestone Close, who walks past the house almost every day with her children, said: "I really can't believe it. I see the family in the local shop every other day. 

"It's so sad to think what's happened to them."

Dan Burrill, Costessey Town Council chairman, said: "It is tragic, whatever has gone on."

Town council vice-chairman, Gary Blundell, said: "A lot of the people down Middleton Crescent area are very shocked.

"It is normally very quiet and peaceful and is the kind of community where people know most of their neighbours. It is very sad and my condolences go to the family of the people involved."

Mark Hawkes, landlord of The Crown pub on Norwich Road, New Costessey, said: "It is horrendous and very sad news."

Det Insp Matt Stuart, of Norfolk Police, said: "We are still in the very early stages of our investigation and officers are working to establish the events leading up to these deaths.

"However, whilst we must keep an open mind about the circumstances, our initial enquiries lead us to believe this is an isolated incident.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter