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Christmas tree lights lead gardai to corpse

A MAN who died at Christmas in a tiny terraced house in Wexford was only found on Sunday when a passer-by spotted his festive tree still lit-up through the window.

Residents had been passing the house of the local man, named locally as Alan Moore, on Lower John Street for weeks without knowing he was dead inside.

Investigating officers are now trying to piece together how his death could have gone unnoticed for so long in a busy street close to the centre of town.

Mr Moore, who was believed to be in his 60s, was found by gardai on Sunday evening after a woman passing by the rented house saw the Christmas lights on the tree.

She alerted the gardai who managed to get keys to the property, which is believed to be the smallest house in Wexford.

They found the body of the man lying on the ground in a bedroom at approximately 6pm.

The body was removed from the house and transported by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post-mortem, which is due to be carried out tomorrow.

A spokesman at Wexford Garda Station said they are not treating the death as suspicious. He added it looked like the man had been dead for a long time.

"The woman who raised the alarm did so because she thought it was odd that the Christmas tree, which was visible in the front window of the house, was still lighting," he said.

Mr Moore was a native of the north of England and had been living in Wexford for around 10 years.