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Flat deaths, men named locally

Two men found to have died in a downstairs flat within the Ballysally estate area of Coleraine have been named locally.

The bodies of two friends—Russell McAfee(60) and Nigel McGrew(53)—were discovered by the father of Mr McGraw in the flat at Elms Park in the estate.

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Emergency services from police, fire and ambulance all attended the scene on Monday afternoon. Fire and police personnel remained on scene until yesterday evening when the bodies of Mr McAfee and Mr McGraw were removed from the flat.

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Residents reported members of the fire service entering the property wearing hazmat suits.

The cause of death of both men are still under investigation, with post-mortems likely today or tomorrow; however, police have said they are not treating the deaths are suspicious at this time.

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Police released an update yesterday evening, which read: “Following the report of the sudden deaths of two men at a property in the Elms Park area of Coleraine on Monday afternoon (29th November), police attended the scene, along with other emergency services, and are satisfied that there is no immediate risk to the public.

“The deaths are not being treated as suspicious at this time.”

Local PUP councillor Russell Watton spoke after visiting the scene yesterday, saying: “It was the father of one of the fellas that found them.

“It’s a major tragedy for this estate, and it’s a very close knit estate in here.

“My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family circles. I know the families, and it’s an absolute tragedy for this area.”

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has expressed his condolences after two men were found dead in a flat in Coleraine.

Councillor Richard Holmes said: “The news which emerged from the Ballysally area of the town on Monday afternoon has left two families mourning the loss of their loved one, and an entire community in shock at these unexpected deaths.

“At this very sad time, my thoughts and prayers are with the men’s family members, friends and neighbours as they come to terms with what has happened. I hope they find strength from each other in the days and weeks ahead.

“I also want to pay tribute to the emergency services who attended the scene when the alarm was raised, and we’re very grateful for the role they play in the most distressing of circumstances.”

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