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Death of Ards pensioner not suspicious, say police

By Staff Reporter

The death of a pensioner found in his Newtownards flat is no longer being treated as suspicious, police have said.

John Trolan was discovered at his apartment on Mark Street last Thursday. The 71-year-old suffered injuries and police had initially feared he had been subjected to an attack.

Tragically, Mr Trolan's brother, David - who lived on the same street as John - had died at the Ulster Hospital a few days earlier and was buried on Friday.

After a post-mortem, police said they were no longer treating John's death as suspicious.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot said: "Following police investigations and a post-mortem examination carried out (on Saturday), Detectives from PSNI's Serious Crime Branch are no longer investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 71-year-old John Trolan from Newtownards which is now deemed to be non-suspicious."

Neighbours said John had lived alone for more than six years in the ground floor flat of the Mark Street property where he was found.

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