PSNI: Harryville hostel death not suspicious

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A forensic officer pictured at the Simon Community in Harryville on Sunday.

POLICE say they are not treating the death of a man at a hostel in Ballymena as suspicious following a post mortem examination.

The body of the man in his 30s was discovered at the Simon Community hostel on Henry Street early on Sunday.

In a statement the PSNI said it is awaiting “further results from examinations”.

It is understood they are investigating a drugs link to the man’s death.

An incident which took place outside the hostel is also being investigated by police.

It is believed a knife was among a number of items taken away by officers for examination.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault occasioning actual bodily harm by detectives investigating incidents in the area.

He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Rodney Quigley, a community worker from the Harryville Partnership Initiative, said people who live in the area have recently expressed concerns about the hostel.

“Within Ballymena we need to address these issues. The people who open these hostels need to be serious about how they control them,” he told the BBC.

A Simon Community spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’ on Monday morning: “Simon Community NI are deeply saddened by the passing of a client at our Ballymena service.

“The cause of death remains unknown and the charity is working with authorities on the matter.

“Until clarification is received from the PSNI, it would not be possible to make further comment.

“Our thoughts are with the client’s wider friend and family circle at this difficult time.”

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