Wednesday 21 February 2018

Detectives launch murder investigation after body of woman (51) discovered in house

Anita Downey
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A murder investigation has been launched after body of a 51-year-old woman was discovered in a house in Lurgan.

Police were called to the scene at around 2.50am to a house in the Toberhewney Hall area on Friday morning.

Police have named the victim as Anita Downey.

A post mortem examination will take place to determine the cause of death.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: “A 51 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody."

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said it was "alarming" and that her thoughts were with the woman's family.

She said: " My thoughts and prayers are very much with those involved.  A family has been left bereaved with such a tragic loss.  The police are treating this as a murder investigation and therefore I would encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to the PSNI.

"This is a quiet residential area in the on the edge of Lurgan.  Neighbours will be very alarmed at such happenings.  The scene has been cordoned off and will remain that way whilst investigations are ongoing."

Upper Bann Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd said the news was a shock to the entire community.

He said: "The news this morning will obviously be a shock to the entire community.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

"I would appeal for anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI."

Belfast Telegraph

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