Evacuation after body discovered

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Neighbouring houses were evacuated after the body of a man was discovered in a Doncaster home - and a ‘potentially toxic’ substance was found inside.

Police and fire officers attended the terraced house in Oliver Road, Balby, and found the body of a 42-year-old man inside.

Neighbours’ homes were evacuated after emergency services assessed a ‘potentially toxic’ substance inside the property.

It is believed the body had been in the property for some time.

Inquiries are continuing but the death is not thought to be suspicious.

A police spokesman added: “Police attended the address on Oliver Road at around 7.30pm on Monday after concerns were raised about the welfare of a local man in his early 40s.

“Officers entered the house and found a man’s body but had to withdraw from the address when they came across an unknown gas.

“Specially-trained officers from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended, and a decontamination tent was erected outside as a precaution.

“The house was thoroughly assessed and found to be safe before police were allowed in to investigate.”

Fire crews from Edlington and Doncaster attended at 7.50pm and remained at the scene for two hours.

A Doncaster Coroner’s Court spokesman said there was no obvious cause of death and a post mortem examination is to take place.