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Murder probe after man found dead 'following party and fire' at home

A man found dead inside his own home was murdered, detectives in Northern Ireland have said.

Laurence Shaw, 56, was discovered at the property in Larne, Co Antrim, at around 1.30pm on Monday.

A 39-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday on suspicion of his murder.

It is understood a party was held in Mr Shaw's Hillmount Gardens home over the weekend.

It is also understood there had been a small fire inside the property prior to the discovery of the victim's body.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

Launching the murder probe, Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce said: " I am appealing to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Hillmount Gardens area since Saturday afternoon, or anyone who has any information that can assist us with our inquiries, to contact detectives in Larne on 101 quoting reference number 687 09/10/17.

"I am particularly keen to speak with anyone who saw or spoke with Laurence at any time over the weekend, or anyone who was in his company."

Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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