08:00 Wednesday 12 February 2014

Tributes paid to 'proud man Taj'

Written byROB SMYTH

POLICE have revealed that the death of a man found in a Burton home was not thought to be ‘suspicious’.

Staffordshire Police confirmed that they were preparing a report for the coroner after an investigation was launched following the discovery of Tajmal Riaz’s body in a house in Victoria Street on Monday evening.

The 43-year-old’s death saw shock reverberate around the community with neighbours in the street describing him as a ‘very proud man’ and a father of four.

Neighbour Ivor Golding said: “I spoke to a young lad outside and he said that somebody had passed away.

“We just knew him as Taj; we would speak to him occasionally, when we saw him the street but only really to say hello.

“He was a very proud man, and he seemed to be well liked.

“He didn’t cause any trouble or anything like that.

“Two of his children were grown up, about 19 or 20, and we regularly see them in the street. I remember him coming round once to ask if he could borrow a cigarette.

“The ambulance was outside for a good hour and a half; it was literally straight outside, and then forensics came.”

Victoria Street was sealed off on Monday evening as investigations began.

Nearly 50 people gathered outside the house after learning about the shock news of the death, with witnesses revealing that people were openly weeping in the street.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We can confirm that the body found at the scene was that of 43-year-old Tajmal Riaz.

“After completing initial investigations, we can confirm that we are not treating the death as suspicious.

“We are now preparing a report for the coroner.”

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