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Murder probe after man found dead in Belfast tower block

Published 07/11/2016

Officers found the body on the 14th floor of the tower block after the alarm was raised by a member of the public
Officers found the body on the 14th floor of the tower block after the alarm was raised by a member of the public
The PSNI are appealing for information

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man's body was found in west Belfast.

The 62-year-old victim has been named as James Hughes from Divis Tower.

Police found his body on the 14th floor of the tower block after the alarm was raised by a member of the public.

A 42-year-old man arrested on Sunday is still being questioned by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's serious crime branch at Musgrave police station.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: "We are not in a position to confirm a cause of death until a post-mortem examination has taken place but we are following a definite line of inquiry.

"Although we have a suspect in custody and residents in Divis Tower have been very helpful in providing information as part of our inquiries, we are still appealing for assistance."

Sinn Fein West Belfast Assembly member Fra McCann said the community had been left stunned.

He said: "The local community is in shock following the death of a man in Divis Tower.

"Divis Tower is a tight-knit community and this will be felt by those who live there.

"I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to bring that information to the PSNI.

"Our thought and prayers will be with the victim's family and friends at this time."

Police want to hear from anyone who was on the 14th, 15th or 16th floors of Divis Tower and heard anything suspicious between Saturday and Sunday evening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 or to provide information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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