Knife found at River Braid on Sunday afternoon as police continue to investigate sudden death of man in Ballymena

 

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A knife has been recovered during a search at the River Braid in Ballymena on Sunday as police investigate a sudden death. Picture: McAuley Multimedia.

POLICE, on Sunday afternoon, were continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man in the Harryville area of Ballymena.

A PSNI spokesperson said a post mortem was due to take place in due course.

It is understood investigators found a knife in the shallow waters of the River Braid which runs through the centre of Ballymena.

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Crime scene investigators were at a Simon Community hostel beside the river on Sunday as Harryville Bridge was sealed off.

Harryville shopkeeper, Robert Frew (65), speaking to ‘Ballymena Daily’ early on Sunday afternoon, said he saw two ambulances at the Simon Community hostel around 6.30am on Sunday and at 8am one ambulance remained and had been joined by a police car.

An ambulance spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at approximately 6:20 on Sunday 24 January following reports of a medical emergency in the Harryville area of Ballymena.

“NIAS despatched an Emergency Crew to the scene. No one was taken to hospital from this specific incident.”

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Police were still at the scene by early afternoon.

A staff member at the Simon Community hostel made no comment and referred journalists to a central phone number.

The BBC, later reported, that two other people were taken to hospital.

They said the Simon Community said they could not comment until after a post mortem was held and the cause of death confirmed.

One local resident said: “It is shocking that someone has died. Police seem to be concentrating on the hostel.”

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