Jul 6 2012 By Ian Proctor
A MAN whose body was found two weeks before the discovery of ammunition and hazardous chemicals at his house died of potassium cyanide poisoning, police say.
Simon Marshall, a 36-year-old single Briton, was found dead on June 16 at his house in Kenmore Road, Harrow.
Subsequently on Thursday June 28 what police described as "a quantity of non-live ammunition" was discovered at the property and the following day more ammunition and hazardous chemicals came to light.
Police said in a statement: "A large number of bottles and containers were found at the house. Some were sealed, others were unsealed.
"The contents include vitamins and supplements. In addition quantities of acid and other chemicals were also found.
Arrangements are being made for all the items to be removed from the property and to be disposed of safely.
"It is important to stress that the property does not pose a risk to the public."
Police sealed off the address and have been conducting extensive forensic searches of both the building and the gardens ever since.
The force said: "There is nothing to suggest that anyone lived at the address after the body of the 36-year-old man was discovered on June 16.
"Officers were contacted by relatives on June 28 and June 29. We are not prepared to discuss further details of the relatives.
"No link has been identified between the death of Simon Marshall and any other person and there is no suggestion that Mr Marshall has caused harm to anyone.
"Officers have been making inquiries to trace anyone who may have known Mr Marshall in order to build a picture of his background and lifestyle."
Asked why officers who attended the death did not spot the ammunition or chemicals, a spokesman further revealed: "The MPS is conducting a review into the initial response to this incident. It would be inappropriate to comment further while this is ongoing."
The inquest into Mr Marshall's death opened at Barnet Coroner's Court on June 21 and has been adjourning until December 18 pending the police investigation.