Police launch investigation after man’s body is found in Chasetown house

Police cordon off Meadway Street. Pic: John Harris

Police cordon off Meadway Street. Pic: John Harris

Police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body in a house in Chasetown.

A property in Meadway Street was cordoned off today (July 5) after officers were called to reports of suspicious activity at the property shortly after 8.30am.

The body of a man – who is believed to have lived at the property – was found inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Chief Inspector Selwyn Burton, of Trent Valley Division, said:

“Part of Meadway Street, including the house, has been cordoned off while scene of crime officers and detectives carry out inquiries. A Home Office post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to establish the cause of the man’s death, which is being treated as suspicious.

“High-visibility police patrols are in the area to offer reassurance to local residents.”

Anyone with information should ring Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The following can be attributed to Chief Inspector Selwyn Burton, of Trent Valley Division:

Officers were called to a report of suspicious activity at a house in Meadway Street, Chasetown, shortly after 8.30am today (Mon).

Inside they found the body of a man, who is believed to have lived at the address. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Part of Meadway Street, including the house, has been cordoned off while scene of crime officers and detectives carry out inquiries. A Home Office post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to establish the cause of the man’s death, which is being treated as suspicious.

High-visibility police patrols are in the area to offer reassurance to local residents.

Anyone with information should ring Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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23 Comments

  1. mikeyboy

    5th July, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    it is rumored to be a shooting ,so close to home it’s scary :(

  2. Michelle

    5th July, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    i live right by hear and its shocking to hear , poor man i feel sorry for the family .

  3. lucy

    5th July, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    it is around the coner from me im scared to leave my house x

  4. lucy

    5th July, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    i think it is stupdid because it isnt on the news ever it is crappp x :@ but the thing is if someone got shot in cannock or somethingg it will be all ova the newss but not chase townn :@

  5. tania

    5th July, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    RIP hun, thinking of you all loads sadly missed already lovely man a credit to his family…. thinking of you so much xxxx

  6. molly

    5th July, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    lucy, i think you’re being a little insensitive, somebody’s died and you’re bothered about it not being on the news?

  7. grant lowe

    5th July, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    genuinly nice chap and a great dad RIP SORRY TO LOSE YOU all of this is wronge and unfair

  8. rowdy

    5th July, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I live on meadway street and agree that this will be brushed under the carpet again, the police have been warned by me and my neighbours about suspicious goings on down the road for years and havent done anything as per usual.

    deepest sympathy to the family.

  9. Les

    5th July, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I have lived in chasetown since 1987 about 8 houses away from the crime scene, shock and horror of it all, you expect something like this in London or Birmngham, but not in reasonably quiet areas like Chasetown. Burntwood does have its local problems, but this crime brings reality to the locals, we are not safe any where.

  10. Eve

    5th July, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Im so stunned about this, i have lived in Burntwood all my life and only live up the road from where this has happened, my daughter has to walk past that house every day on her way to school too, things like this just dont happen here, i thought it was safe and quiet but now this, i feel so sorry for the family of the man who has died .

  11. Steve

    5th July, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I was surprised that it wasn’t on the tv news, a man has died a violent death in a peaceful town, but maybe it is something to do with an on going police operation? Normally, the Police would use the media to appeal for information, maybe this time, the Police need to discrete to catch these criminals.

    My sympathy to his family, friends and neighbours.

  12. Carl

    5th July, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    LES although i disagree with the crime that has been commited im deeply offended by your comment “you expect something like this in London or Birmngham” im originally from Birmingham (which you also have an inability to spell) and find it offensive that you “expect” gun crime in birmingham, i would ask you to address the overall population and crime in burntwood vs that of the population of birmingham and crime and re-adjust your critical view on other towns and cities !!!

  13. becky

    6th July, 2010 at 11:01 am

    molly i think luci is right it shud be on the news only because we shouldnt be left in the dark about stuff like this i found it very scarey as i only herd bits about it here and there off other people witch all wasnt correct!

  14. Alex

    6th July, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    R.I.P Rich…..Thinking of Megan and the girls….and also other family and friends…
    I hope Meg is ok, You were her “ROCK” !
    Sadly Missed….
    God bless
    x

  15. becky

    6th July, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    carl i have friends and family from birmingham and they would dissagree with you as i do and i think alot of gun crimes leak out of big citys such as birmingham and london

    RIP

  16. rowdy

    6th July, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I agree carl i really dont know where some of these people have been living but crime round burntwood is rife certain friends of mine who live in Birmingham call it the wild west.

    This isn’t the first of it’s kind in burntwood only last yeah a 61 year old man was killed to a puncture wound to his chest in scholars gate with no conclusion, (swept under the carpet), also if you look into the last few years there has been too many “suspicious deaths”.

  17. Sarah

    6th July, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends involved. My parents live just around the corner from where this has happened and have done so for the last 40 years. I myself have been raised in Chasetown and was gobsmaked to hear what has happened. Please all take care….I’m afraid from what I have heard you suspicions may be correct!

  18. em

    6th July, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    dont you think this page should be of remebrance of a man who’s life was taken from him? not of arguments whether birmingham is spelt correctly or if its a nice place to be? everywhere is dangerous and no where is safe. RIP

  19. Les

    6th July, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Sorry to offend you Carl and the typing error, my parents originally came from Birmingham and some of my aunts and uncles still live there.

    Burntwood is a rural mining town of roughly 35000 people and slowly increasing, like all rural towns and even more so with rural villages, the crime rate is very low, and to hear of a major crime like murder committed on your own doorstep within that town is quite a shocker, “because it is so rare for it to happen.” (Illustratively, once in a blue moon.) Obviously the same holds true with any other rural town and village that are part of Birmingham, the crime rate would be very low compared to the central areas of a city. If it happened within another rural town or village, people would feel the same. . . A shock to the system for the populace because it very rarely happens in that area.

    But regardless of such a terrible event, I feel far safer walking around Burntwood town center then I would ever around places like the central areas of London or Birmingham, (past experience!)

  20. Eve

    7th July, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I agree , i have lived here all my life and not once heard of anyone being murdered especially not being shot ! any violent crime is rare here , i too have family and friends that live in Birmingham , London, manchester even, and am always being told or hearing about crime in varios parts of those places, look at the news lately about murders. Most people havent ever heard of Burntwood or Chasetown, explaining where it is to people who dont know is quiet hard too , my friends that have been here from other parts of the country actually see it as being in the middle of no where .
    I dont know the circumstances as to all this , how this came to happen here and the reasons why, but i am assuming this crime has something to do with something outside this area and wasnt commited by persons living here . What ever the reasons someone has laos their life and a family has devestated no matter where its happened it shouldnt of happened at all .

  21. adele

    7th July, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    R.I.P Rich. My heart goes out to Megan and your girls, and all of your family. Taken too young, and so cruelly. You will be missed…xx

  22. Jammie

    7th July, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The truth is that the posmortam was held yesterday and it was found that he was shot. A friend of mine lives directly across, another around the left corner and another around the right corner, right next to the house of which it has happened! All these rumours arent very considerate and spreading them around and making new ones just for gossip is still not very considerate to his wife and kids. My heart also goes out too both his children, wife and family.

  23. louise

    12th July, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    my heart goes out to his family, such a nice man so brutally killed so suddenly, what is the world coming to??? hope they catch the scum that took 2 little girls daddy away from them…R.I.P rich justice will be done!