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Police release pair held in Tyrone death probe

By John Mulgrew

Published 02/11/2011

Two people who were arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was dragged from a car in Co Tyrone have been released unconditionally.

The 38-year-old man died after the incident in the Castle Hill area of Dungannon in Co Tyrone yesterday afternoon.

According to police, the victim was pulled from a green car close to the busy Market Square area at around 1pm. A 29-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were arrested and questioned by detectives before being released after a post-mortem examination showed the man died of natural causes.

It is understood he was from the Travelling community and was living in apartments close to the scene of his death.

The Market Square area of the town was sealed off yesterday until around 7pm.

Councillor Walter Cuddy owns a newsagents close to the scene of the incident.

“From what I can gather he [the victim] lived in one of the apartments close to the scene and was from the Travelling community in the area,” he said.

Mr Cuddy said he knew the man from his visits to his shop.

“He’s moved in recently and I think his family would be with him. I don’t think they are originally from the Dungannon area.

“I know him from the shop and he’s been in and out and I would have seen him getting his benefits from the post office too.”

Sinn Fein councillor Bronwyn McGahan said the man’s death was “a shock to the community”.

“Obviously this is a tragedy for the family. I would urge anyone from the Travelling community or anyone else with information to come forward to the police,” she said.

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