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Children find dead body at school

By Simon Finn and Claire McNeilly

Police have appealed for information after the body of a man was found by children at a derelict Co Antrim school building.

The grisly discovery was made at a site on the Jordanstown Road in Newtownabbey at around 10pm on Tuesday.

It is not yet clear how the man died and a post mortem is due to be carried out today to determine the circumstances surrounding his death.

The man had short hair and was dressed in a black leather jacket and jeans.

His body was removed from the vacant building by forensic officers yesterday afternoon.

Anne Magee, the principal of Jordanstown Deaf and Blind School which adjoins the site of the discovery, said the building in which he was discovered had been part of the school until two years ago when the property was sold to a developer.

Meanwhile, a neighbour — while unaware of the discovery of a body — said that fires were at times seen at the site and that it appeared to have been regularly used by children playing.

The site is largely secluded from the road and neighbouring properties by trees.

Newtownabbey Ulster Unionist mayor John Scott said details surrounding the tragic incident were scant. “We don’t know how this has happened, or even what has happened yet,” he said.

“Someone is going to get a terrible knock on the door followed by terrible news tonight. My thoughts and sympathies go out to the family of this man.”

Alliance councillor Billy Webb said it must have been distressing for the children.

“I think it was probably horrific for young people to come upon a body,” he said.

“I’m hoping that they’re getting the attention from adults and whatever other services are needed to help them through this trauma. There are many stories behind this and inevitably it’s going to bring a lot of grief to the family of the man who has been found.”

The PSNI has asked anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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