Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Police rule out foul play in death of Frank Bratley

By Chris McCullough

Published 23/07/2016

The house at Old Forge in Banbridge, where police are investigating a suspicious death
The house at Old Forge in Banbridge, where police are investigating a suspicious death

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."

Belfast Telegraph

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph