Prisoner Dies At Maghaberry

A prisoner has died in custody at Maghaberry jail.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) said the 57-year-old man passed away on Thursday morning, 28 September.

His next of kin have been informed and an investigation has been launched.
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Ronnie Armour, Head of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, said: "I would like to extend my sympathy and that of the Northern Ireland Prison Service to the family of the prisoner.

"My thoughts are with them at this difficult time."


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