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Three arrested after student’s death

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a Poyntzpass man in England.

Warwickshire police said on Monday that they are conducting an investigation following the unexplained death of a man in Rugby.

It is understood that the deceased was 23-year-old James Steen from the Co Armagh village.

His death is being treated as unexplained but three local men, aged 31, 29 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Shortly after 6am on Saturday, the ambulance service alerted police to the death of Mr Steen, a 23-year-old man from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, at a house on Wood Street, Warickshire, police said.

“His death is currently being treated as unexplained but as part of police inquiries three local men, aged 31, 29 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday morning.

“They were interviewed over the weekend and have since been bailed until September while investigations continue.

“Mr Steen’s next of kin have been informed.”

It is understood Mr Steen was from the Poyntzpass area and was a half-brother of Rev Ivan Steen, a minister at Windsor Presbyterian Church on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.

A spokeswoman for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland said: “We are concerned to hear of the tragic loss connected to the family of Rev Ivan Steen.

“We wish to give the family the space and privacy it needs at this difficult time and assure them of our prayerful support.”

Rev Mark Wilson of Poyntzpass Presbyterian Church confirmed that the Steen family live in the Poyntzpass area.

“I am very sad to hear this news and would like to assure the Steen family of the prayers of myself and our congregation at this time,” he said.

Lord Mayor of Armagh Cathy Rafferty added: “My thoughts and prayers will be with the family at this extremely sad time.”

The News Letter asked the PSNI for comment but a spokesman said the death was a matter for the appropriate police force in England to comment on.

 

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