Post mortems to be carried out on three dead

Post mortem examinations were being carried out today on the bodies of three young west Belfast men who died after taking what was thought to be a lethal cocktail of drink and drugs.

Post mortem examinations were being carried out today on the bodies of three young west Belfast men who died after taking what was thought to be a lethal cocktail of drink and drugs.

Detectives investigating the deaths, which came after a party in the nationalist Westrock area, believe the young men might have taken the prescription drugs morphine and diazepam.

There were fears in west Belfast that other young men who had taken the same deadly drug mix could be dying or lying dead elsewhere.

The Royal Ulster Constabulary urged anyone who attended the party and took drugs to get immediate medical attention.

Officers named the dead as Eamon McCoubrey, 22, of Hannaglen Heights, Jim O’Connor, 20, from Beechmount Drive, and Thomas Sterritt, 18, from Tullymore Walk, all west Belfast.

The three friends had met in a nightspot on the Falls Road on Saturday night then gone on to a party in the Westrock area.

It is believed that the party was held at the home of the girlfriend of one of the men who died.

The bodies of Mr McCoubrey and Mr O’Connor were found in a house in Westrock Green in the Ballymurphy area when an ambulance was called to the scene at 9.30 am yesterday.

Ambulance staff found one dead in a downstairs room and the other in an upstairs bedroom.

Thomas Sterritt was discovered dead at his home in Andersonstown an hour later.

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