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Tyrone village hit by death of Darren Taylor in second suspected substance-related tragedy

By Sophie Inge

Published 22/11/2016

Amy Reid died at a house party
Amy Reid died at a house party

A man in his 30s has died suddenly in Coagh in the second suspected drug-related death to hit the village in a month.

The 36-year-old was found at an address in the Co Tyrone village on Monday.

The victim was named locally as Darren Taylor.

It comes just weeks after the death 21-year-old Amy Reid at a house party in the village on October 28. Another man was taken to hospital.

Following her death, two men, aged 26 and 39, and a 32-year-old woman were arrested in connection with drug-related enquiries.

They have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Speaking after the latest death, Mid-Ulster DUP MLA Keith Buchanan said: "This is very sad news today and my thoughts are with the family of the male.

"His death is thought to have been drugs-related, which is truly shocking news for the entire community. This news comes after the recent death of a young female in Coagh, which was also drugs-related.

"Unfortunately, drugs have become such a scourge on our society. They endanger life and sadly today we have seen the consequences of that with the death of a young male, whose life has been untimely cut short.

"I have requested a meeting with the PSNI on the issue of drugs within the community.

"It is vital that police combat the issue of drugs on our streets, so that we do not see further drugs-related deaths. I would urge anyone with any information on illegal drugs within the local area to contact the police."

UUP councillor Trevor Wilson described it as "another tragic death to hit the Coagh area".

"All my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time," he said.

Detective Inspector William Tate said police in Cookstown are now investigating the man's death.

"A post mortem will take place in due course to determine the cause of death," he said.

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