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Murder inquiry is launched after man’s death

A man in his 50s who was found dead in west Belfast was murdered, police said last night.

The victim, who has not yet been named, was discovered at Ardmonagh Parade in the Turf Lodge area and the incident was reported to the PSNI at around 8.30am on Thursday.

Following a post-mortem examination yesterday the PSNI announced that its Serious Crime unit was now conducting a murder inquiry.

West Belfast Sinn Fein councillor Janice Austin said that people in the local area were shocked.

“I obviously condemn this murder and send my condolences to the family at this very sad time,” she said.

“I would call for anyone who has any knowledge about what happened to this man or saw or heard anything in and around the time of this man’s death to come forward to the local community safety forum or to the PSNI.

“Turf Lodge is a very close-knit, settled community. This

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is an older man who is apparently very well-known and well thought of, and the whole community will be outraged that he has been murdered.”

The PSNI said inquiries are continuing and have asked anyone with information to contact them at the incident room on 0845 600 8000, extension 18434, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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