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Injuries prove fatal for man found lying in street

By Lesley Houston

The residents of a small fishing village have been left in shock following the death of a local fisherman.

Portavogie man Ryan Anderson (28) was found badly injured yesterday morning after a night out with friends turned to tragedy.

Mr Anderson, who was married with a baby daughter, was discovered at the rear of the Flagship Centre in Bangor at 9.30am.

It is believed Mr Anderson was left lying injured at the scene in the Bingham Street area for most of the night.

He was rushed to hospital for treatment but later died.

Police said it is not yet known how he sustained the fatal injuries. They are awaiting the results of a post-mortem.

In Portavogie, friends of the dead man were said to be “very cut up about it”.

One local resident, who declined to be named, said “he was a quiet wee boy” who had worked on a number of local fishing boats and still fished for a living.

The resident added that his parents William and Helen were well-known throughout the village.

Tributes were paid by Mr Anderson’s second cousin, Robert Adair, a councillor for the Ards borough.

“I would like to pay tribute to Ryan,” said the DUP representative. “He was a hard-working husband and father who was well thought of.

“My thoughts are with his wife Nicky and daughter Lola, his parents William and Helen and brother David.”

North Down DUP representative Alex Easton said people in Bangor had been stunned by the death.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of this man's death in the Bingham Street area,” he said.

“My thoughts and condolences go to his family.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

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