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Body found washed up on Down beach

The tranquillity of a quiet summer morning on a Co Down beach was shattered yesterday when the body of a woman was washed up on its shore.

A woman, who had been enjoying the morning sunshine, made the grim discovery of the body floating in the shallow tidal water, and raised the alarm.

As officers scoured the area a uniformed policeman stood at the edge of red and white police tape, delivering news of the death of the woman, aged in her mid-30s, to local residents.

Stunned locals told the Belfast Telegraph of their shock yesterday of such a tragedy happening at the popular beauty spot.

Dog-walker Ian Leitch (68), from Ballymacormick Avenue, said: “I was walking my dog at around 10.40am and I saw police vehicles on the beach. The esplanade was sealed off and the cordon stretched into the water. There was around half-a-dozen officers in blue boilersuits and at least six or seven other policemen.

“Another lady told me a woman had been found on the beach.”

He added: “I can’t remember anything like this happening before. It’s pretty shocking to the residents.”

Bangor woman Hilda Harris was horrified at hearing of the death and said her thoughts were with the woman’s family.

She said: “I come down here a lot to go for wee walks. It’s absolutely awful. It’s terrible for the woman’s family. It’s a lovely, tranquil place. This is very sad that someone has lost their life.”

Police said the discovery of the woman’s body was not being treated as suspicious yesterday.

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