Residents in Wigmore Place, Longton, were stunned when they discovered a man in his 50s was found dead in a property in the street at about 5pm on Thursday.
Staffordshire Police arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of murder yesterday (Friday) and he remains in custody.
Chris Heeland, aged 34, who lives in Wigmore Place with his family, said: “We had been out on Thursday and when we came back we saw somebody being taken away in an ambulance.
“We do not speak to anyone in the street and keep ourselves to ourselves.
“We do not know what happened but we were shocked.”
Janine Raw, aged 28, said: “You do not expect something like this on your doorstep. It is a quiet street. We are shocked, especially as there is a school around the corner. You do not think it will happen in your area. You tend to think it would happen more in the city centre rather than the quiet back streets of Longton.
“We do not know anything about it and could not tell you who lived there.”
A woman, who asked not to be named, said: “It is terrible. I was shocked. You do not think it will happen so close to where you live.”
A neighbour, who also asked not to be named, added: “I was shocked but it is not really that shocking for this street. For a quiet street there can be a little bit of trouble.”
Police have not yet named either man – with the death currently being treated as ‘unexplained’.
Detective Chief Inspector Jason Everett, of Staffordshire Police, said: “I want to reassure people we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the local community.
“Our enquiries are continuing as we work to establish the circumstances around this man’s death.
“If anyone has any CCTV or dashcam footage, or other information, we’d greatly appreciate it if they got in touch.”
Anyone who can assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact them via this link .
A police spokesman added: “Should you prefer to speak to the police, please call us on 101 asking for Staffordshire Police and quoting incident 488 of 17/10/2019.
“You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”
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