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Man who was found dead in Belfast KFC toilets believed to have died from drug overdose

By Cate McCurry

A man in his 30s whose body was found at a KFC restaurant in Belfast is believed to have died of a drug overdose.

Named locally as Ian Gibson and understood to be from the Bangor area, he is thought to have overdosed inside the toilet of the fast food restaurant at Yorkgate near the city centre.

Paramedics were called to the scene and made attempts to save his life after he was found unconscious at around 2pm yesterday.

Police and the Ambulance Service were seen at the KFC on Brougham Street.

The area was cordoned off as police carried out their investigations.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they were called to the scene shortly after 2pm.

"We received reports of a male in his late 30s, unconscious, at Yorkgate," they said.

"We attended with a rapid response paramedic and accident and emergency crew. No-one was taken from the scene." A police officer was pictured leaving the business premises with a bag containing a syringe and needle.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: "Police were at the scene of the sudden death of a male at premises in the Brougham Street area of Belfast.

"There are no further details at this stage."

A DUP councillor for the area, Guy Spence, yesterday said the sudden death had stunned local people.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the man's family at this time, I'm sure it has come as a great shock to them," he said.

"Certainly, for the community it has come as a great shock and our prayers and thoughts go out to the bereaved family.

"I want to send my deepest condolences to them at this time.

"I hope that those present can assist police in their investigations and if anyone has any information to contact police."

The man's death comes a month after the PSNI and Translink took steps to tackle anti-social and criminal behaviour at nearby Yorkgate Train Station.

After residents in the area had complained about heroin being sold in the area, Translink cut back shrubs and bushes in an attempt to make the station safer for staff, the public and schoolchildren using its services.

Police said that they would also step up patrols.

In March this year they made three arrests for possession of Class A, B and C drugs in the vicinity.

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