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Dromore Street in Ballynahinch yesterday

Dromore Street in Ballynahinch yesterday

Dromore Street in Ballynahinch yesterday

Dromore street in Ballynahinch seems like any other shopping street in a small town on a Friday afternoon.

Hairdressers, beauticians, hardware shops, florists and a whole array of local independent retailers busy getting ready for the festive season.

However, one thing made it stand out, the heavy police presence along the street and standing guard close by to the scene of a tragic incident which occurred less than 24 hours prior.

As shoppers and parents with children returning home from school walk idly by this unit of flats squeezed among a row of terraced houses, little do they know what happened inside only hours before when a young woman aged just 20 was found collapsed, later pronounced dead.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released by the PSNI, was found shortly after 8.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

Police have already made three arrests in connection with the incident to determine what exactly happened that led to the death of this young woman who “had her whole life ahead of her”.

Many businessowners located just a few feet from the building have described their shock at arriving to their place of work on Friday morning to hear of the devastating incident which took place quite literally on their doorsteps.

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The owner of the popular Cake Shop on Dromore Street, located opposite the flats where she was found, said that it was “very sad news”.

“The business has been here 41 years, and this is normally a quiet enough street, this is not a usual occurrence,” he said.

“We have our regular customers who come in here who live in the area and there’s never usually any bother.”

Karen Carson owns Karen Flowers just a few doors down from The Cake Shop and said that it’s always “a friendly wee street”.

“I’ve been here 42 years and it’s always quiet and peaceful, but it’s a busy enough wee street with lots of local shops,” she said.

“You know your neighbours here, it’s quite a close-knit community, so to come to work this morning and hear this awful news is just shocking.

“It’s terrible that a family are grieving the loss of this young woman coming up to Christmas.”

Another businesswoman who lives and works on the street said that this incident is “not a reflection of Dromore street or the town itself, but it is very sad indeed.”

Robert McCurry has been running Inkydoo in the town for ten years but two years ago moved his business to Dromore Street.

He said that hearing the news is “concerning” that it happened to close to his business premises.

“It’s very sad but also scary that this happened so close to home,” he said.

Another business owner, who did not want to be named but has had their business on the street for the past 20 years, said that it is “just terrible”.

“At the end of the day it’s some mother’s daughter,” they said.

“It’s shocking that this has happened here on this usually very quiet street.”


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