Lancashire Police reveal man in 50s found dead at residential property following reports of gunfire

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A man in 50s has been found dead at residential property following reports of gun shots

Lancashire Police have confirmed officers were called out to an address on Whitby Avenue in Ingol at 5.47am on Monday ( January 29). They were attending a report of a concern for welfare. When police arrived, they found the body of a man in his 50s at the property. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to neighbours, two gunshots were heard at around 6am this morning, with a woman who lives directly next door to the property in question saying that, after she heard the first bang, she went to look out of her back window and heard a second bang, before she saw a man on the back garden decking. The woman, who lives in the property with her young son, said that armed police then arrived on the scene.

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The identity of the deceased man has not yet been revealed by authorities, but police have confirmed that he is a man in his 50s, which matches reports from neighbours who knew him. Locals who live in the area have also said the man is a former military medic, although his status as a veteran has not yet been officially verified.

One neighbour said that they had spoken to the man in question a few times and that he was nice, but that he was generally quite quiet.

Aimee Seddon

Police have said that the death is not being treated as suspicious and that a file will be passed on, in due course, to HM Coroner to investigate further. Given the nature of the incident, police also say that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

Neighbours have been left shocked and shaken by the death, which took place on a relatively quiet residential cul-de-sac in Ingol, Lancashire. When reporter Aimee Seddon, from NationalWorld's sister paper the Lancashire Evening Post, arrived, the area was quiet, and the only sign of there having been an incident was the presence of a police officer outside the address in question.

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Speaking to neighbours, one said he heard the shot but thought it was one of his ladders falling down and only realised something was going on when he went outside for a cigarette. He described the police presence as 'an armed response' featuring five police cars, two vans, and an ambulance.

Other locals expressed disbelief at the fact that such an extreme incident could occur somewhere so tranquil and quiet.

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