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Funeral of murder victim Paul McCready takes place in Belfast

The funeral has taken place of Belfast murder victim Paul McCready.

The 31-year-old died after sustaining injuries in an altercation inside the Northern Whig pub in Belfast city centre at around 12.50am on Sunday.

It spilled on to the street and it is understood that Mr McCready, from north Belfast, hit his head on the pavement.

He passed away in hospital in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr McCready had two young sons both under the age of 10.

Speaking previously the partner of Mr McCready paid tribute to her "rock" and "best friend in the whole world".

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Mr McCready's partner of more than a decade, Ruth Patterson, also said their sons were "broken" and she wanted to "wake up now from this nightmare".

As police appealed for information they said two young children now face a lifetime without their dad.

Appealing for witnesses to come forward Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said officers knew from watching CCTV footage there were a lot of people who had not yet contacted police.

He said: “I would appeal to those people who haven’t yet got in touch with the investigation team to please do so. We are keen to gather as much information as possible about the circumstances and events that occurred here early on Sunday morning.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who took video footage or photographs."

A 30-year-old-man arrested by police investigating the murder was released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

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