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Families plagued with flies after body found; MAN THOUGHT TO HAVE DIED UP TO A FORTNIGHT AGO.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO Reporter lorna.hughes@trinitymirror.com @lorna_hughes

WAVERTREE residents told of their shock after a swarm of flies led them to the decomposing body of a neighbour.

People living in Fairbank Street spent more than a week trying to work out the cause of a foul smell in the road - until they noticed a mass of bluebottles at the window of a house.

They called police, who broke down the door and discovered the body of a man, who is thought to have passed away up to a fortnight ago.

Although his body was removed earlier this week, neighbours said they were still being plagued by the flies and have urged Liverpool city council to take action.

They have been advised to keep their windows closed for now - but Roshelle Al-Alimi, who lives next door to the house where the man died, said she was struggling to keep her home cool for her 14-week-old baby girl.

She said: "It was like a rotting, fishy smell and I knew it wasn't normal. I started taking my house apart to see if my son had left food down the back of the couch.

"My neighbour Nadia was here one day and we realised it was definitely the house next door when we saw all the flies at a window and called the police.

"That was two days ago and nothing's been done about the flies.

"It's just disgusting - they are massive big bluebottle flies. Even though the windows are closed they are still getting in.

"I went to school with my eight-year-old and when I got back I saw some in the house. It's been hot and I can't even open the windows."

A neighbour newborn advised to windows flies are still in. They have a dead body don't want anywhere child Nadia Mahmoud " The neighbour is thought to have died from natural causes.

Bluebottle flies deposit their eggs in decomposing organic matter and their appearance can indicate that decomposing matter is nearby.

Nadia Mahmoud, who also lives on the street, said: "Over the last few weeks there's been a stink in the air and there's been a lot of flies with a baby was keep her shut but the getting been on and you them near your about. We noticed a couple of days ago that the flies were coming from one of our neighbours' houses. "We called the police immediately and they came and broke the door down and they found the man had passed away. They said he'd been dead for at least two weeks.

"Roshelle who lives next door has a newborn baby. She was advised to keep her windows shut to stop the flies getting in but they're still getting into the house. They are bluebottle flies that have been on a dead body and you don't want them anywhere near your child.

"Even though the body was taken away two days ago the window of the house is still crawling with flies.

"There are very young children in the street. They usually play out but we've had to keep them inside away from the flies. It's disgusting."

Nadia said she had been told by Liverpool city council that it could take five to seven days for environmental officers to investigate, but the council told the ECHO it had been contacted at 4pm on Thursday.

A spokesman said teams would be looking into the situation this morning.

A neighbour with a newborn baby was advised to keep her windows shut but the flies are still getting in. They have been on a dead body and you don't want them anywhere near your child Nadia Mahmoud

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Flies can be seen in the window of the house where a body was found

Fairbank Street residents, from left: Roshelle Al-Alimi and children Kardo and baby Lela, Nadia Mahmoud, centre and Toni Blundell and children Olivia, Jamie-Lee and Louise outside the house 200716FAIRBANK_01ANDREW TEEBAY
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