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Probe after Portadown pensioner found dead and another left ill

It is understood the man was discovered in the Levaghery Gardens area

POLICE are investigating the sudden death of an elderly man in Co Armagh.

The man, aged in his eighties, was found at a house in Portadown yesterday afternoon.

A woman, also believed to be in her eighties, was taken to hospital for treatment.

It is understood the couple were discovered in the Levaghery Gardens area.

Police are believed to be examining as a line of enquiry whether a noxious gas was involved.

The PSNI confirmed officers are investigating the circumstances of the man's death.

"Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man in his eighties at a house in Portadown this afternoon," a spokeswoman said.

"A post mortem will be carried out in due course.

"A woman also believed to be in her eighties has been taken to hospital for treatment."

Ambulance personnel were called to the scene before 5pm following a report of an elderly man "unconscious".

Two rapid response paramedics, two emergency crews, a HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) officer and the charity air ambulance were dispatched.

The elderly woman was brought to Craigavon Area Hospital where the Southern Trust last night said she was in a stable condition.

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie expressed his sadness, saying his "thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time".

"It's devastating for any family, and police need to be given space to carry out the full investigation into the circumstances around this death," he added.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart described it as "tragic news", adding: "Our thoughts and prayers are with both this person and the family concerned."

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