Police, health chiefs and politicians to meet after another tragic death in the county

Published: 26 Oct 2012 18:54

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The body of a man has been found in Derrylin, bringing the total number of tragic deaths in the county since last Monday to six. It's understood the discovery was made this afternoon (Friday).

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THE body of a man has been found in Derrylin, bringing the total number of tragic deaths in the county since last Monday to six.

It's understood the discovery was made this afternoon (Friday).

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Arlene Foster is now calling an urgent meeting with local agencies and fellow public representatives to "stem this ever-growing tide".

Speaking to impartialreporter.com today, Mrs Foster said she felt "sick to the pit of my stomach" when she first heard the news.

"There is an onus on those of us in leadership positions, whether it is in the police, in the health profession or as public representatives to try and step forward to give leadership at this time.

"I have spoken today to the District Commander of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and I have spoken to the Chief Executive of the Western Trust and both of them have agreed that we need to come together to see what it is we can do."

It's understood that meeting will take place soon and is open to "anyone who can help".

Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate the tragic death of Sindy Southam after the 38-year-old's body was found at her home in Enniskillen yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.

Speaking to impartialreporter.com, Erne North Councillor Raymond Farrell described the death as "desperately sad" and Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew tweeted: "Terrible to hear about another tragic death in Fermanagh this week".

Ms. Southam's death came as Inspector Roy Robinson spoke out to describe the spate of tragic -- and unconnected -- deaths in the area as "unprecedented".

Following 15-year-old's Joshua Gallagher's tragic death last week, police received a report of a sudden death at Main Street in Maguiresbridge on Wednesday. The deceased was a 69-year-old man, named locally as Michael Joseph Gavin. At 10.28am on Thursday police received a report of a sudden death at Currin Road, Ballinamallard. The deceased was 35-year-old Trevor Morrow. At 2.44pm on Monday of this week, police received a report of a sudden death at Skeogue Road, Aghalun, Brookeborough. The deceased was a 54-year-old man, named locally as Eddie McDowell.

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LISTEN: Arlene Foster speaks to our reporter Rodney Edwards following another tragic death in Fermanagh.

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