24/11/2008

Ombudsman To Investigate After Body Found In Stream

The death of a man, whose body was found in a stream, in Ballymena, is to be investigated by the Police Ombudsman.

A member of the public found the remains of the 43-year-old man at around 2.20pm on Friday.

His body was pulled from the water in the Galgorm Road area.

A post mortem was later carried out on the dead man.

Although the death is not being treated as suspicious, the matter has now been referred to the Police Ombudsman.

It is believed the man had been present at Ballymena police station on Wednesday evening.
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The Ombudsman's office has now launched an investigation, which a spokesman said is normal for cases where a death has occurred following police contact.

Officials remained at the scene where the body was found over the weekend.

They are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a man in his mid 40s, dressed in a waist length dark brown jacket, beige fleece, blue jeans and black boots in the area around Ballymena police station between Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.

The man's family have been informed of the development. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Police Ombudsman on 0800 7880 or 028 9082 8777.

(PR)

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