Police say deaths of two women who ‘lay undiscovered for some time’ not suspicious

The house in Nottingham where the bodies of two women have been found
The house in Nottingham where the bodies of two women have been found - Tom Maddick/SWNS

The deaths of two women found at a house in Nottingham are not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Officers were called at 11.04am on Tuesday following concerns for the welfare of residents at the home in Hartley Road, Radford.

Police said they believed the bodies “had lain undiscovered for some time”.

Neighbours said that they believed a woman in her 40s and her teenage daughter, thought to have special needs, lived at the property.

Jamil Ellahi, 56, a local barber shop owner, said he had last seen them about a month ago.

He said: “I didn’t really know them but the mum used to come over and buy things every now and again… The police have been to the property before, but I haven’t heard or seen anything recently.”

House in Nottingham
Neighbours said a mother and daughter lived at the address - Tom Maddick/SWNS

Mr Ellahi, whose shop Yess Jam is diagonally opposite the house where the bodies were found, on a busy road in the Nottingham suburb, said the pair were “inseparable”.

He said: “I last saw them three or four weeks ago when they came in and we had a normal bit of banter.

“It was not unusual for me not to see them for a while but someone, somewhere must have missed them. But no one at first raised the alarm.

“It is both shocking and heartbreaking that you can pass away and no one misses you. How can that happen? I am shocked and saddened.”

‘They were very nice people’

He added: “They were both very nice people. There was no dad or partner around that I was aware of.

“The girl had severe special needs and her mum, I believe, found caring and looking after her daughter very challenging.”

He said another resident, nicknamed “Cowboy” had previously died and his body lay undiscovered for weeks.

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the two women kept to themselves and he had knocked on their door last Friday but got no response.

He added: “They were struggling financially I think. You could see that. I went there to see if they wanted any discounted food from Tesco.”

‘No immediate risk to public’

A private ambulance from AM Buckingham, a funeral service company, was present at the scene on Tuesday evening, when the two bodies were removed.

On Wednesday,  the front of the house remained cordoned off.

Det Chief Insp Ruby Burrow of Nottinghamshire Police said officers did not believe there was an immediate risk to the public.

She added: “This is a tragic case and we are currently working to understand exactly how and when these people died. Whilst our investigation remains at an early stage, we do not currently believe what happened to be suspicious.

“We have enlisted the help of a forensic pathologist and will be in a better position to determine what has happened once they conclude their report.

“Officers will remain at the address for at least the rest of [Wednesday].”