Published: 11:29, 13 August 2020
| Updated: 13:44, 13 August 2020
Emergency services were called after an elderly man was found dead at his home this morning.
Concerned neighbours dialled 999 after the pensioner had not been seen for 24 hours at the property in The Tideway, Rochester.
Alarm bells rang when the man, who is believed to have been in his 70s and lived in the terraced house for about 30 years, did not put his rubbish out.
One, a dad of one, was also worried because he had not heard him call out for his cat which he did every morning.
Police, ambulance and fire crews arrived at about 9am
Firefighters were seen entering the house wearing masks and full body suits before a private ambulance took the body away.
A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "He was a nice old chap, very friendly and used to ask about the family. He lived there alone but I think his mother owned the house.
"He kept himself to himself and did not talk much about himself, only really going out to buy food.
"It's very sad and quite a shock. I knocked on the door and there was no reply. But there was a light on, so I knew he must be in there. He seemed quite fit and healthy and did not seemed to have any worries.
"Myself and another neighbour decided to call the police when he did not put his bins out. He was a man of routine."
Police have been approached for more information.