Forest Fields residents tell of shock after ‘suspicious’ death of Stephen Wayne Lees
RESIDENTS in a Forest Fields street have spoken of their shock after two people were arrested following the death of a 31-year-old man.
Stephen Wayne Lees, of Nottingham, was admitted to the Queen's Medical Centre on Tuesday with a head injury.
He died in hospital in the early hours of Wednesday.
Notts Police are treating his death as suspicious.
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A 33-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were arrested yesterday at a house in Alberta Terrace, Forest Fields, as part of the inquiry.
Police cordoned off the property yesterday, and officers also parked in a police car outside the address, while enquiries took place.
Residents said they saw police forensic officers coming in and out of the house.
Mum-of-six Rukhsana Hussain, 45, who lives in Alberta Terrace, said she saw police breaking into a house at around midnight.
She said: "We heard someone knocking on the door. They were shouting 'open up, open up'. Police cars were all around. I then heard a bang and saw about ten officers breaking the door down.
"A man was taken out and then a woman in a blanket with handcuffs on."
She added: "It's scary. At the end of the day people have all got children around here. It's not nice it happening on your doorstep."
A 32-year-old woman, who also lives in Alberta Terrace and asked not to be named, said: "We've heard banging and arguing at that house for about two weeks.
"They hadn't lived here long, only for about four months. Police came to my door earlier and asked me if I knew the man who had died. I said no."
Police have launched an investigation into Mr Lees' death following a referral from the Coroner.
A Home Office post-mortem examination found that Mr Lees died of a head injury.
The 33-year-old woman and 38-year-old man who were arrested yesterday have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Cox, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who knew Mr Lees and may have any information about what happened to him.
"We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who was in contact with him between last Friday, December 7, and 6pm on Tuesday, December 11."
Anyone with any information about the death of Mr Lees is asked to contact the Notts Police incident room at West Bridgford police station on 101 extension 844 6906, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.