Police investigate a third sudden death in a week on streets of seaside town
Police are investigating a third death in the space of a week in a north Somerset seaside town.
The body of a man in his fifties was discovered in a street on Saturday morning in Weston-super-Mare.
Avon and Somerset Police said they were treating his death as "unexplained", but are not linking it to the death of a 61-year-old man on Thursday and that of Mark Roberts, 35, who died following an alleged assault last Saturday.
A force spokesman said the latest investigation was launched after officers were called to Uphill Way on the outskirts of the town just after 8am – just two miles from the first two deaths.
"The man, aged in his fifties, was found in the street and we are currently treating his death as unexplained," the spokesman said.
"The road is currently closed between Thornbury Road and Old Church Road while we carry out our inquiries.
"This incident is believed to be isolated and not connected to others in the town in recent weeks."
Mr Roberts suffered fatal injuries during an incident in the early hours of Saturday in Baildon Road and died the following day in hospital from his injuries.
A 17-year-old youth has been charged with Mr Roberts' murder and was remanded in custody when he appeared in court last week.
A second investigation was launched on Thursday when the body of the 61-year-old man was found in a car in St Andrew's Parade – close to where Mr Roberts was injured.
A post-mortem examination has been carried out and although further tests are required, police said there was "nothing at this stage" to suggest the death was suspicious.
Detective Constable Nick Riley, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "The results of further tests will not be known for several weeks and until then it will be treated as unexplained.
"We have not uncovered any link to the earlier murder and it appears that a second death in such close proximity to the first is simply an unfortunate coincidence."