Wednesday 29 January 2020

Man found dead in chimney at solicitors firm

Rob Williams

A man who was found dead inside a chimney at a Derby law firm has been named by police.

The body of Kevin Gough, 42, was discovered when staff at Moody and Woolley Solicitors raised concerns about an unpleasant smell and flies in their office.

Pest control workers discovered the remains in an unused part of the Victorian building.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police told local press they were keeping 'open minds' as to the circumstances surrounding the death.

Police told the Derby Telegraph that they are looking at the theory that the man died following an attempted burglary.

According to the BBC, staff at the firm said the street has previously been a target for lead thieves.

Asked to comment on the possibility that the victim could have been a suspected burglar, a spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said officers were treating the death as unexplained and were preparing a file for the coroner.

"We're leaving it to the coroner to decide what he was doing in the chimney," she said. "We're preparing the basic facts for the coroner."

Police were sent to the city centre premises on Wednesday and cordoned off the area while the body of Mr Gough, of no fixed abode, was removed from the chimney.

The spokeswoman added: "Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

"An inquest will open at Derby Coroners Court this afternoon."

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Derbyshire Police.

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