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An allotment holder who died in a shed fire has been described as a "lovely man" and dedicated gardener.

The man, aged in his 70s, was found dead in a shed at Cole Park Allotments, in Crane Avenue, Isleworth, following a blaze on Sunday (March 15) night.

On Monday fellow allotment holders named him as 'Brian' and said he had been a regular at the site for at least 15 years and would sometimes sleep overnight in his shed.

They said they didn't know his surname but described how he lovingly tended to his own plot, as well as others which had been neglected and become overgrown.

One woman, who did not want to be named, told getwestlondon: "He was a lovely man.

"He must have been coming here for at least 15 years and had lots of friends."

She added: "He absolutely loved it here and although he lived locally would sometimes stay overnight in his shed."

Another woman, whose home backs onto the allotment where she used to have a plot, said: "He worked very hard and would look after neglected allotments, cutting the grass back.

"I used to see him there with the other old boys every Saturday eating their fish and chips, which they would share with the allotment cat."

Police were at the scene on Monday afternoon, where a small section of charred timber surrounded a forensics tent towards the centre of the allotments.

Paramedics were also on site, tending to a man who with a red blanket draped over his shoulders.

London Fire Brigade said it was called to the site, just off London Road, shortly after 9pm and 18 firefighters had taken just under 90 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Police said the body of the man had been found inside a shed and a post-mortem examination would be arranged in due course.

They said the man's next of kin had been informed but he has not yet been named.

His death was being treated as unexplained but no one has been arrested.