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Police launch inquiry as second man found dead at property in five years

By Angela Rainey

Published 16/06/2016

Police officers at the scene of the sudden death of Paul Bloomer in the Hill Street area of Lisburn on Tuesday
Police officers at the scene of the sudden death of Paul Bloomer in the Hill Street area of Lisburn on Tuesday
Paul Bloomer

An investigation has been launched into the sudden death of a man in Lisburn - the second person to die at the same property in five years.

Emergency services were called to the council house on Hill Street at 5pm on Tuesday where the man, named locally as Paul Bloomer, was found.

Neighbours said that Mr Bloomer (29), who was unemployed, was not an official resident at the property, but had been seen there a number of times.

He is believed to have been from an estate in Antrim.

Police remained at the scene yesterday as door-to-door inquiries took place.

Residents of the quiet Hill Street estate said he was the second person to die at the house. Father-of-two Daryl Johnston (21) also died there in 2011.

One woman said: "This estate is quiet, it is mixed and there are no paramilitaries here - everyone gets on and that's how it has been for years. But there have been a number of complaints regarding that property, including people leaving it to be rehoused then returning to live in it again.

"People from all over the place are being moved in here, but it's not fair on residents. What about our kids? Where's the safeguards they are entitled to?

"It's a disgrace that young kids are seeing antisocial behaviour. The police always being called in, and now body bags are being removed from a house at teatime."

Ulster Unionist MLA Jenny Palmer attended the scene on Tuesday evening, when the latest incident and issues affecting the estate were discussed with concerned residents.

She said:"I am very sorry that this young man has lost his life. I will be asking to meet with the PSNI and the Housing Executive to discuss concerns local residents have raised with me about the estate.

"In the meantime, I would express my deepest sympathies to this young man's family."

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