Boy (15) is found hanged

By Deborah McAleese

14 February 2005


An urgent call was today made for government action to help tackle suicides after the body of a 15 year-old was discovered outside Newcastle today.

The fire service was called this morning to assist the ambulance service with the removal of the young boy from a tree on the outskirts of the seaside town.

This is the fourth suicide of a young man in Co Down over the past three weeks.

A young sportsman took his own life in Portaferry three weeks ago and just one week later a friend from the same area also took his own life.

Also last week a young man in his 20's from Crossgar took his own life.

Newcastle councillor Eamonn O'Neill said he was very shocked and saddened by the recent news.

"Suicides, especially among young males, is a major problem," he said.

Councillor O'Neill added: "A lot more government inter-agency work is needed to help support young people and protect them."