Unrest greets news of elderly Banbridge man’s ‘suspicious’ death

The death of an 85-year-old man in Banbridge, County Down, is being treated as "suspicious", police have said. Frank Bratley was found dead at his home in the Old Forge area of the town on Tuesday afternoon. �Paul Byrne Photography INBL1630-208PB
The death of an 85-year-old man in Banbridge, County Down, is being treated as "suspicious", police have said. Frank Bratley was found dead at his home in the Old Forge area of the town on Tuesday afternoon. �Paul Byrne Photography INBL1630-208PB

There’s been an appeal for information following news today that the death of an elderly man in Banbridge is being treated as suspicious.

Named by police late last night as Frank Bratley, the 85 year-old was found dead during the afternoon at his home in the Old Forge area of the town.

A post-mortem is to be carried out.

Mr Bratley’s death has reportedly caused unrest among neighbours.

Calling on the public to come forward with information on Mr Bratley’s whereabouts between 7am and 2pm yesterday, Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart said: “This is such a tragic incident and my thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with the gentleman’s family.

“The death is currently being treated as suspicious and I know this has caused some unrest amongst residents.

“This is a very worrying turn of events in the Old Forge area of Banbridge.

“Information is still unfolding and I am aware that a post-mortem is underway.

“I am liaising with the PSNI in this regard and would encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to the PSNI and report it via their 101 system.”