Body of woman, 61, found in Peckham flat after neighbours complained of ‘bad stench’ for 2 years

The body of a woman, 61, was found in a flat following two years of complaints of a “horrific stench” from neighbours. The woman’s body was found in a flat on St Mary’s Road in Peckham, South London on Friday (February 18).

She reportedly had a full letterbox and owed thousands of pounds worth of rent. Her neighbours had apparently first complained of a bad smell to the landlord at their housing association in October 2019.

These complaints reportedly continued for two years, but police did not search the property until this week. One woman, who lives next door, told The Sun : “They told me she was basically a skeleton and asked me to confirm her ethnicity.

“It’s disgusting. I’m just shocked. I didn’t know her very well but she would sometimes collect my deliveries. I came back from a trip abroad in September or October 2019 when I noticed a horrific stench in the building. It was so bad, I had to put a towel under the door.”

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The neighbour continued: “We repeatedly called the housing association because it was weird. The police came but they said lots of people had moved out of London during the pandemic and she could be abroad.”

In 2020, neighbours noticed a forced entry notice for a routine gas check on her front door, following an increasing pile of unchecked mail. A bicycle was also left outside her front door and not moved, prompting neighbours to complain.

Her death is currently being treated as non-suspicious but unexplained.

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: “At 19:01hrs on Friday, 18 February police were called to a flat in St Mary’s Road, Peckham. Concerns had been raised about the welfare of a woman who lived at the address.

“Officers attended and forced entry. The body of a 61-year-old woman who was deceased was found inside. The woman’s death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

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