Man left dead in Ilford house for over a week before police discovered his body

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 14 June 2018

Redcliffe Gardens, Ilford

Redcliffe Gardens, Ilford


One tennant told the Recorder that the smell of the dead body was so bad that it made him physically sick.

Redcliffe Gardens, IlfordRedcliffe Gardens, Ilford

A man in his 60s lay dead in a house near Valentines Park for more than a week before police discovered him.

One tenant of the house in Redcliffe Road, Ilford, told the Recorder that the smell was so bad that it made him physically sick and said it was “completely unbearable”.

Jack Clarke, 21, lives in the house with seven others, said that he hadn’t seen his housemate for more than a week and started worrying about his whereabouts.

Jack called the police at around 11pm on Sunday, June 10, and within minutes a number of officers arrived.

They made the decision to take the door off its hinges, and discovered the man was dead.

A few days earlier Jack – who lives on the same floor – said that he had been to check on his housemate, who he said was called Paul, and he and another tenant shined a phone light through Paul’s lock and saw that a key was in the door.

He had previously been told by his landlord that Paul was in hospital.

But the smell in the house got worse.

Jack said that it was something that he had never smelt before.

Even more worried about where Paul was, Jack made the decision to call the police.

He said: “The smell was unbearable, I couldn’t sleep, it made me feel sick.

“It was just horrible.

“He was a nice man, we could usually hear when he was in the house but we hadn’t heard anything for the last week.

“I’m never going to forget the smell and what I saw.”

Police said they are treating the death as non-suspicious.

Jack said he had been living in the temporary housing for four months after being housed by Newham Council, and this is the second time that someone has died since he moved in.

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