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Mystery of quarrelling neighbours who died the same day

TWO neighbours found dead in their homes in England may have been embroiled in an ongoing dispute, residents said today.

Detectives are investigating after the men were found dead by paramedics late on Sunday afternoon in their homes in Eagle Lane, Braintree.

The men are not believed to be related to one another but police are treating their deaths as suspicious.

One of the men has been named as Alan Taylor, 59. The second man has not yet been formally identified.

Reports suggest the men, both described as middle-aged, had fallen out over parking in the narrow road, which only has one entrance.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "They certainly didn't get on and people are saying that it got worse over Christmas.

"I try to keep my nose out of other people's business so it's difficult to say what it's about but parking is a problem around here."

Paramedics were called yesterday to a report of a man, believed to be Mr Taylor, suffering a cardiac arrest. When they arrived he was already dead.

It is believed paramedics were then alerted to another body in the neighbouring property.

Police are working to establish what happened and are focusing on the movements of both men since January 1.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Inquiries are continuing to establish the sequence of events leading to the deaths.

"The deaths are being treated as suspicious and both scenes are being forensically examined.

"Post-mortem examinations are expected to take place in the next 48 hours."

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.