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Salvation Army 'deeply saddened' after man dies in drugs related incident in Belfast hostel

By Claire Williamson

Police are investigating after a 27-year-old man died in a suspected drugs related incident at a homeless hostel in Belfast.

Officers received the report of a suspected drugs incident on the afternoon of Friday December 2.

The man was a resident at the Salvation Army Hostel at Centenary House Belfast.

Three men aged 33, 22, and 19 were arrested that afternoon and were released on police bail pending further enquiries in the early hours of Saturday December 3.

Detective Inspector Paul Rowland said: "A fourth man, aged 33, was arrested on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd December and has since been charged with possession of a class A controlled drug. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on the morning of Monday 5 December. As is normal procedure, all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

"Detectives carried out several searches of the premises over the weekend and a number of items were seized and taken away for further examination. Enquiries are ongoing at this time."

In a statement the Salvation Army said it was "deeply saddened" by the death.

A spokesman said: "He was part of The Salvation Army family and our condolences and prayers are with his immediate family at this time.

"Our chaplain has been on site throughout the weekend, and our open-door policy of support has been used by several service users and staff who have been impacted by this death.

"We are also working closely with the police to assist them in their ongoing enquires, therefore we are unable to make any further statements at this stage.”

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