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Police rule out foul play in death of Frank Bratley

By Chris McCullough

The death of Banbridge pensioner Frank Bratley is no longer being treated as suspicious, according to police.

The 85-year-old's body was discovered at his home in the Old Forge area of the Co Down town on Tuesday by a neighbour.

The police initially said that they were treating the incident as suspicious.

However, following the results of a post-mortem examination, the force said yesterday they were no longer treating Mr Bratley's death as suspicious.

His body was found by a neighbour who visited him almost every day following the death of his wife three years ago.

The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's very sad. I found him in bed after going to visit on him on Tuesday afternoon. He was a good friend."

Upper Bann Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson, added: "Frank was a much-loved member of the community and my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

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