Neighbour 'gutted' he 'wasn't able to help' after man found dead

Police cordon off Roscoe Lane.
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Neighbours have expressed their sadness over the death of a young man in the city centre.

Police were called to Roscoe Lane, just off Roscoe Street, at 9.35am on Saturday morning, May 25, after concerns were raised about a man's safety. A cordon was put in place outside The City of Liverpool College and Roscoe Lane while emergency services attended the scene.

Merseyside Police later confirmed the man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not yet been named. A spokesperson said: "There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and enquiries are ongoing to trace his next of kin."

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Neighbours at the scene suggested the man was homeless, but this has not been confirmed by Merseyside Police. Speaking to the ECHO, a neighbour who was on Roscoe Street when the man's body was discovered said he was "really sad to find out about it".

The neighbour added: "I'm an ex-medic, and I feel really gutted that I wasn't able to help. I walked past at around 9 o'clock and saw a woman who must have been talking on the phone to emergency services, but I didn't see the body. I didn't realise what was happening. I was talking to my mate at the time and I was turned away from where the man's body was found."

It was only when the neighbour returned to Roscoe Street later on that he realised something serious had happened. He added: "When I came back from Tabac, the police had taped it all off, so I had to walk around it. They were rapid in the way they dealt with it, directing people away from the scene. The guys in white suits did a good job in a terrible situation."

A man who was working in the area on Saturday morning said that when he turned up for work, the cordon was already in place. He told the ECHO of his concerns for the homeless population in the city, adding: "It's a s****y situation. I see them sleeping rough around here every day. Either they go on the streets and make a bit of money begging, or they go into a hostel. It's not much of a choice for people."

ECHO readers paid tribute to the young man over the weekend. Writing on the ECHO website, 01Steveo said: "Too many people dying on the streets, RIP." Washme added: "Poor fella, way too young to pass away."

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