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Former weekly sports editor found dead

A former local newspaper sports editor has died following a fire at his home.

Bren Shrap, 54, a former sports editor at the Goole Courier, was found dead at his flat in the town on Saturday morning following a call to Humberside Police from a member of the public.

Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious.

His son Lee told the Courier that there was a small fire in his father’s flat and the family believed he had possibly died of smoke inhalation.

Bren was a keen sportsman and worked at the weekly title in the early 90s before moving to Devon.

Last month the Courier carried a story about him after he returned to the area and faced housing issues following health problems including three strokes.

Lee said his dad would be remembered for his involvement in the town in the past and had always said his role as sports editor was the best job he ever had.

Goole Courier reporter Kassie Holliday, a former work colleague, paid tribute to Bren.

She said: “He was a friend and colleague. He always brightened up the office and everyone enjoyed working with him. He had a great sense of humour.”

Bren leaves a brother and sister, three children and one grandchild.