NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock as police launched a murder investigation after a body was found at a Colne home last night.
Police were called to Portland Street around 7-15 p.m. where a man in his mid-to-late 40s was found dead at the scene.
Neighbours said police forced the door of the property before cordoning off the street for investigations to take place.
A 49-year-old woman from Colne, a 40-year-old man from Colne and a 34-year-old woman from Padiham have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in police custody.
One neighbour told: “Last night I came out for a cigarette about 7-30 p.m. I came back in and then saw two coppers boot the door down.”
She told how police were often called to the property because of fighting and added there was a steady stream of visitors. “This is a really normal, quiet street. It’s shocking,” she added.
This morning crime scene investigation and scientific support teams were carrying out internal investigations of the property.
Another neighbour said: “I was watching ‘Emmerdale’ when I saw a policeman with a headtorch on go up and down the street. I just wish it hadn’t happened, it’s really nice down here so when I heard this it was quite un-nerving.”
Detectives are now appealing to the public to come forward with information.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Gray, who is leading the investigation, said: “I have a team of detectives working to establish exactly how and why this man has died. If anybody has any information which they believe could help with our inquiries I would ask them to contact police.
“In particular, if anybody has noticed anything out of place or unusual in the Portland Street area over the past couple of days then I would also like to hear from them as we look to progress the investigation.”
A post mortem examination is due to be carried out later today to establish exactly how the man died.
Anybody with any information can contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org