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Two found dead in their prison cells but deaths not related

The man and woman are reported to have hanged themselves in separate wings of the prison in south Belfast. An investigation has begun.

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TWO PEOPLE have died in custody at a young offenders centre and prison in Northern Ireland.

The man and woman were found by prison officers on different wings of the Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Prison in south Belfast on Wednesday.

The pair did not know each other, BBC News reports.

They have been named as 19-year-old Samuel Carson who died shortly after 5pm on Wednesday despite efforts by prison staff to revive him in his cell.

A few hours later 23-year-old Frances McKeown was found dead in her cell during a routine check by staff.

The Belfast Telegraph says that the two people are believed to have hanged themselves.

They were both on remand at the facility and their families have been notified, RTÉ reports.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland, the coroner and the prisoner ombudsman will be investigating the incidents.

The NI Prison Service director general Colin McConnell said that the deaths were “incredibly regretable”, adding that staff are devastated by what had happened.

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