Murder investigation launched following discovery of man's body in Portrush

Murder investigation launched following discovery of man's body in Portrush

A MURDER investigation has been launched and a 39-year-old man has been arrested following the killing of a man in Portrush, Co Antrim, in the early hours of Monday.

Police received a report that an injured man was discovered in Bath Terrace in the County Antrim town shortly after 02:20 BST.

They have not released any details about the victim's age.

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area on Sunday night or the early hours of Monday and witnessed anything to contact them.

The man who was arrested was detained on Monday evening.

"Our investigation is at a very early stage and I would appeal to anyone who was in the Bath Terrace area of Portrush last night and the early hours of this morning and who witnessed anything to contact Detectives on 101 quoting reference 171 of 18/07/22," said Detective Inspector McGarvey.

Church Pass, Bath Terrace and Bath Street have reopened to motorists and there is now pedestrian access between Bath Street and Arcadia.

UUP Alderman Norman Hillis urged anyone with information to contact police, while east Derry MLA Car Hunter said:

“I’d like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of the man who died suddenly in Portrush on Monday morning. I know people locally will join me in offering them both sympathy and support at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them."

She also urged the public to allow police the space to carry out their work.

"I understand that many people will want to travel to the area to enjoy the recent spell of good weather, but they should be mindful that a number of road closures are in place and show patience and understanding. "