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Son of former loyalist paramilitary Johnny Adair found dead

Jonathan Adair junior Image copyright James Williamson
Image caption Jonathan Adair junior had recently been released from prison

The son of former loyalist paramilitary leader Johnny Adair has been found dead in South Ayrshire.

Police said they were called to reports of a body at a property in Templehill in Troon at 17:15 BST on Saturday.

Jonathan Adair junior, who was 32, had recently been released from prison.

Officers said they were treating the death as unexplained and a post-mortem examination would be carried out. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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Image caption Templehill in Troon

Jonathan Adair's father, Johnny Adair, is a former leader of the outlawed Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

The family was forced to flee Northern Ireland in 2003 after a series of murders linked to a loyalist feud.

When he was 18 and still living in Northern Ireland, Jonathan Adair was shot in both legs in the loyalist lower Shankill area of west Belfast.

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