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Man dies of injuries to spleen in Norwich city centre subway

Flowers were placed in tribute to the homeless man
Image caption Police have opened a suspicious death inquiry following the sudden death of the 29-year-old in St Stephens subway

A homeless man died from fatal injuries to his spleen in a Norwich city centre subway where he slept, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Police have opened a suspicious death inquiry following the sudden death of the 29-year-old in St Stephens subway.

The man's body was found early on 10 June and his death was initially treated as unexplained.

The man was wearing eight layers of clothing and signs of injury were not immediately visible, police said.

Image caption The subway was cordoned off by police following a man's death

Extensive forensic enquiries and a Home Office post-mortem examination revealed lacerations to the man's spleen causing internal bleeding.

Det Ch Insp Tracey Little said: "Sadly, the man had clearly fallen on hard times and, despite assistance offered by various charities and health professionals, he had chosen to make the subway his regular place to sleep.

"When we found him, he was wearing eight layers of clothing, which led to his injuries being concealed.

"It is unknown at the present time how he came to receive the injuries to his spleen that caused his death."

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