Investigation is underway into death of boy, 17

Community Police guard the door of a flat next to The White Swan pub, after a body was found on Tuesday afternoon.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1397LM
Community Police guard the door of a flat next to The White Swan pub, after a body was found on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Liz Mockler D1397LM
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A PROBE has been launched by detectives after the body of a teenage boy was found in a Doncaster town centre flat.

Shoppers watched in disbelief as a private ambulance was called to an upstairs property in Frenchgate near to the Humpty Dumpty children’s clothing shop.

The stunned crowd then saw a body bag being lifted into the vehicle.

South Yorkshire Police later confirmed it was the body of a 17-year-old boy.

Detectives at the scene were seen comforting a number of distraught people understood to be the teenager’s family.

No details about the boy or the circumstances of his death have been released.

Shopper Anne Hutchinson saw the body being taken into the ambulance as she stood outside the nearby White Swan pub.

The 69-year-old, who was in town visiting family, said: “It was very shocking and really sad to see.

“I saw the private ambulance arrive and then they brought out a body bag with a person inside. Then lots of policemen and cars came down.

“There was a lady who was having her arm held by a policewoman, like she was comforting and supporting her.

“There was a lot going on, people kept being taken into the police cars and seemed a bit upset but nobody really knew what was going on.”

Dave Walker, of Bentley Road, was shopping near Boots when he saw police cars arrive.

He said: “There were a lot of people outside of the shops watching what was happening.

“There were a lot of what seemed to be the same family talking to police officers and they looked like they were being interviewed in the police cars.

“I saw two police officers standing outside of the entrance at the side of Humpty Dumpty where the stairs led to the flat.”

A police spokesman said the 17-year-old’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

She added: “Police were called to an address on Frenchgate at around noon on Tuesday.

“The body of a 17-year-old boy was found at the address. Officers are not treating his death as suspicious at this time.”