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Businessman found dead in Algarve

Paul Houston
Paul Houston, who has been found dead in the Algarve region of Portugal

Police in Portugal are investigating the suspicious death of a Londonderry businessman.

Paul Houston, a 51-year-old father-of-four, who owned Houston's Shoes, was found dead at the resort of Alvor in the Algarve region on Sunday.

Police said they were also investigating an attempted robbery.

The Houston family have issued a statement through their solicitor describing their shock about Paul's "untimely" death.

Mr Houston was found on a pedestrian walkway in the Portugese resort.

Speaking on behalf of the family, his brothers Kevin and Terry said the family were devastated.

"Paul was a very special person and his loss is devastating to our family, his many friends and the community in which he lived and served.

"All of the relevant authorities are working very hard to ensure the return of his remains as quickly as possible.

"We are very grateful for their assistance to the family at this sad time," they added.

SDLP MP for Foyle and Londonderry, Mark Durkan, said he was "shocked and deeply saddened" at Mr Houston's death.

"Paul was a very popular character in Derry and many will share his family's devastation at his death," he said.

"Paul was always outgoing, enthusiastic, chatty and funny.

"I know how chuffed he was over his recently-acquired status as a grandfather.

"I offer my deepest sympathy to Paul's family and many friends, and will afford them any assistance we can in dealing with the authorities in such awful circumstances."

Mr Houston had lived in Donegal and was president of Greencastle Golf Club.

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