Stoke & Staffordshire

Murder probe after two bodies found in Stoke-on-Trent

The scene
Image caption The two bodies were found less than half a mile apart in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

A murder investigation has been launched after the bodies of two men were discovered less than half a mile apart on the same afternoon.

Staffordshire Police were called to reports of a body near the allotments by Leonora Street in Stoke-on-Trent at about 13:20 BST on Thursday.

A second body was then found at an address 0.3mile (0.5km) away in Barnfield Road at 15:50.

Ch Insp John Owen said the force believed it was "an isolated incident".

He added: "I want to really reassure the community that we don't believe we're looking for anyone else."

Police said the first body found was of a man in his 50s, while the second was of a man in his late teens.

Post-mortem examinations on both bodies will be completed later and formal identification for both men has not yet taken place.

On Thursday evening, the force asked the public to get in touch if they had any "outwardly-facing CCTV or dashcam footage in the neighbourhood".

The force said the deaths were being treated as unexplained but "appear to be linked".

Image caption Floral tributes were left at the scene

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