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Paul McCready murder probe: Man released pending report to prosecution service

A 30-year-old-man arrested by police investigating the murder of Paul McCready in Belfast city centre has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

Detectives launched a murder investigation after Paul McCready, aged 31 and from north Belfast, died in hospital after injuries sustained during a fight in the Donegall Street area of the city centre.

Police appealed for anyone in the Northern Whig bar at the time of the dispute shortly after midnight on Sunday morning to come forward.

The incident continued onto the street outside and ended with one man dead.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce said: "My team have carried out extensive enquiries following the death of Mr McCready on Sunday.

"CCTV footage has been examined and statements taken from over 20 people in our effort to gather as much information as possible about this tragic incident. Following consultation with the PPS, a file will be forwarded to them in due course.

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"I would appeal to those people who were in the Donegall Street area at the time of the incident and who haven’t yet got in touch with the investigation team to phone now and tell us what they saw. The number to call is 101 quoting reference number 94 02/04/17.

"If someone would prefer to provide information without leaving their name they can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, from the PSNI's serious crime branch, said on Monday that the victim was father to two children aged under 10.

"Tragically they have now been left with a long life ahead of them with no dad."

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