'Well-known' Bessbrook man found at pond near Armagh village named locally
The body of a man was found this morning beside the Mill Pond in Bessbrook village, Co Armagh.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body, but say it is not believed to be suspicious.
The man has been identified and a post mortem will be carried out.
He has been named locally as Mr PJ Mullan who is believed to have been in his mid 70s.
Local SDLP councillor Kate Loughran said the deceased was an elderly gentleman who was "well-known and well-loved" in the community.
"This morning’s news is very sad for the village of Bessbrook," she said.
"This community will rally around the extended family in the weeks and months ahead."
SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley said the community was in shock, adding "There is a dark cloud over the village of Bessbrook this morning."
"He was a very well known and very well liked individual.
Ulster Unionist MLA for Newry and Armagh Danny Kennedy said the community are "deeply saddened at his death".
Paying tribute to him he said: "The local community are very shocked and deeply saddened at his death.
"He was a popular well known and a life-long Bessbrook resident and it is a great sadness with his passing.
"I knew the individual very well and lived next door to him for a period.
"This is a devastating loss for his family and I offer my thoughts and prayers to the whole family circle."