Hoarder found dead after living in home ‘with no electricity or inside toilet’

A hoarder who lived without electricity, heating or an indoor toilet has been found dead inside his cluttered home.

The elderly recluse had not been seen for nearly a month before someone grew concerned for his welfare and called the police.

The state of the man's home, who was reportedly very "private", is only fit for demolition according to Tony Graves who often visits family on the same street in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

Humberside Police discovered the body of the elderly man on January 14 and are not treating his death as suspicious, GrimsbyLive reports.

In addition to having no working electric, heating or an indoor toilet, Tony claimed that the man was dealing with a 15 year long water leak.

He said: "The last we saw of him was just before Christmas when we heard him crashing and banging in the house and his windows occasionally opening and closing.

"We think he had a lot of issues with his house as we know he'd been dealing with a water leak for around 15 years that had also caused parts of my relative's property to flood.

"However, he often barricaded himself in so no one could ever get in to see him or help.

"Then his fence caved in to the neighbouring garden due to the weight of all the things he had leaning up against it and all his possessions fell on to her lawn.

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"As far as we're aware, he had no family and was living on his own."

Mr Graves said the man was always pleasant when he spoke to him.

He said: "He was alright whenever I talked to him, but he was a very private man.

"I was really surprised when I saw into the house when the fence fell over though.

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"There were no windows or doors by the looks of things and there was no inside toilet, only an out house in the back garden.

"I do believe the toilet inside was just a piece of cardboard in the kitchen with some toilet roll next to it.

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"Sadly, I think the house is only fit for a bulldozer now, but people shouldn't have to live like that – it's not right."

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: "Officers were called to a premise on Churchfield Road, Scunthorpe on Friday, January 14 following reports of concerns for a man’s safety at approximately 4.50pm.

"Upon arrival it was discovered that a man had sadly died. His death is not being treated as suspicious and our thoughts remain with his family at this sad time."

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