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Beetle horror as body lies upstairs.

AN infestation of "death beetles" in a tenement flat failed to alert authorities that a body had been lying on the floor above for at least two months.

Robert Brown, 53, was found dead in his home by workmen carrying out renovation work four days ago.

Last night his downstairs neighbour spoke of his anger that the body had remained undetected for so long.

And he told how two weeks before Mr Brown's body was discovered, environmental health officers had fumigated his flat after he complained about an insect infestation.

George Bellingham, 41, said: "The health people told me the insects were leather beetles, also known as death beetles. They said the beetles fed off carcasses and that if I had a loft and a rat had died, the beetles would feed off it and then come into the house looking for more food.

"But they never checked to see if anything was wrong in the flat upstairs.

"I was disgusted when I found out the man had been there for so long."

Mr Brown had moved into the flat into Hamilton Street, Camelon, Falkirk about a year ago.

A police spokesman said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances connected with his death.

No one from Falkirk Council or Link Housing Association, Falkirk, who own the tenement, were available for comment last night.
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Author:Aitken, Vivienne
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 26, 1998
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