Police are expected to rule out foul play in the death of a Holmfirth pensioner.

It is highly unlikely that there are any suspicious circumstances involved in the death of an elderly man whose body was found in New Mill on Wednesday night .

Officially officers say they are investigating the death of the 75-year-old at Royds Avenue, New Mill as “unexplained”, but the Examiner understands there are no suspicious circumstances.

Paramedics were called to the house after his body was found outside his home by a relative and a neighbour.

He was taken to hospital where it was later confirmed he had died.

A post mortem was due to be carried out later this afternoon.

Police say they want to speak to anyone who was in the area who may have information about his death.

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A large area of grass at the end of Royds Avenue has been sealed off with blue and white tape in the area.

Police cars are still parked up in the road.

Det Chief Insp Mark Swift, of West Yorkshire’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Police are conducting enquiries into this man’s death today, and we are treating the matter as an unexplained death.

“A post mortem will be carried out to confirm a cause of death but as it is currently unexplained and the man’s body was found in the open, we are appealing for witnesses.

“I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Royds Avenue, New Mill between 9pm and 9.30pm and may have seen the man or have any information at all.”

Anyone with information should contact HMET on 101 referencing police log 1838 of February 24.