Police probe after teen body found

POLICE were last nightstill investigating the discovery of a teenager's body at her flat in Ipswich.Friends and neighbours found the body of 19-year-old Natasha Hurn in her first floor home in James Hatfield House, Purplett Street.

POLICE were last nightstill investigating the discovery of a teenager's body at her flat in Ipswich.

Friends and neighbours found the body of 19-year-old Natasha Hurn in her first floor home in James Hatfield House, Purplett Street.

Among the people to find the body was mother-of-two Leila Fox, who lived next door to the dead girl.

Ms Fox had returned home from a doctor's appointment, with her two children, Dillon, five and Mitchell, aged five months.


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The 24-year-old said: "When I arrived home at 10.30am I got out of my car and my best friend Claire Robinson came out with a bloke and said 'Don't take the kids in there, there is a dead body.' Claire was with the man who had gone into the flat to get a phone charger."

Leaving her children in the car Ms Fox went to the teenager's flat with her friend and the neighbour who found the body.

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When she entered the woman's two-bedroom home she saw her on the settee laying on her back with her left arm hanging off the sofa.

Ms Fox said: "I felt physically sick. I keep reliving the image of her. I can't get it out of my head."

Ms Fox said the teenager had not been seen for about a week.

However she added that neighbours heard groaning noises from the flat where the woman lived alone, on Wednesday night, but when Ms Fox banged on the door to see if she was all right the noises stopped and she thought no more of it.

She said another neighbour noticed the girl's television was on over Thursday night and believed it remained switched on since then. Ms Fox said when she entered the flat yesterday the TV was still on.

The mother-of-two added that the teenager moved into the flat in April this year. She believed the woman moved from the other side of Ipswich.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she felt quite scared as the tape went up this morning because she did not know what had happened.

A third resident said: "It makes you quite wary."

They also expressed their sorrow over the teenager's death.

A police spokesman said last night that they were called to the flat by the ambulance service at 10.30am yesterday after the grim discovery was made.

A post mortem examination was carried out last night at Ipswich Hospital but further tests are needed to ascertain the cause of death, which is being treated as unexplained.

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