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Two arrested over man’s death

By John Mulgrew

Two men have been arrested following the death of a man in Co Down.

The body of the 60-year-old, named locally as George Bowman, was found at his home in Mountview Drive in Dromore on Tuesday night.

The men, aged 34 and 37, are being held at Lurgan police station.

DUP councillor Paul Rankin said Mr Bowman was well known within the community and had suffered from health problems in the last few years.

He said that he was a long-term resident in the area who had been living at the address for some time. “I would have known the family,” Mr Rankin added.

“He had health problems and had taken a stroke or heart attack at some point and hadn’t worked for a while.

“You would always have seen him on the street.

“Most of the people in the town would have been shocked to hear the news — they were a close family.

“He lived with his wife and his children.”

Mr Rankin said he had last seen the former window cleaner on Sunday walking around the local area.

He added that the community was utterly shocked upon hearing of his death and said he sympathised with the family at this very difficult time.

“All I can do is pass on my sympathies and it’s a tragic thing to happen.

“I would pass on my sympathies and share the shock that the community feels.

“It’s a very close-knit community — whenever things like this happen it is very difficult for people to accept it.”

According to police, a post-mortem examination is due to take place later today.

Last night the two men arrested were still being held in police custody.

Police said that inquiries surrounding the circumstances of the death were still ongoing.

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