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Belfast murder investigation: Man (30) attacked in Parkmount Street alleyway

By Mark Edwards, Ben Tucker and PA

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a 30-year-old man in Belfast.

The victim died in hospital after an incident in Parkmount Street in the north of the city. A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police received a report from the Ambulance Service just after 9pm that they were attending to a seriously injured man who they had located in the area of Parkmount Street and Seaview Close.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

One pensioner, who lives on the section of the street where the incident happened, said she did not hear anything until an ambulance arrived.

"It was just after 9pm, I had gone up to bed to read a book because I didn't like the film he (husband) was watching," said the woman, who did not want to be named.

"It wasn't long after I went up, he shouted 'there's an ambulance on the street'.

"That was surprising as this area is very quiet normally."

DUP councillor Brian Kingston, speaking from the scene, told the Belfast Telegraph: "It is a very sad scene here this morning on Parkmount Street. I have been speaking to local residents and seeing if people were aware of what happened.

"It doesn't appear that anyone actually saw the incident but when the ambulance arrived and then the police people became aware that there had been an attack on this man.

"The ambulance treated the man at the scene in Parkmount Street and he was taken to hospital, but sadly he died of his injuries.

"It seems he was attacked in the alleyway between Parkmount Street and Crosscollyer Street.

"This 30-year-old man did live locally in the North Queen Street area I am told.

"Residents did assist the police with what information they could and I am told by the police a 21-year-old man was arrested shortly after. He is also known in the area and we must await the outcome of that police investigation."

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Pacemaker Press Belfast 29-06-2018: The death of a 30-year-old man who sustained serious injured in north Belfast is being treated as murder. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

He added: "From talking to residents it is clear they feel strongly that whilst this is a settled area where people know each other they have been strongly concerned about a rise in antisocial behaviour and criminality from a certain element from within the area.

"This has caused a lot of concern but we don't know if that is connected to this particular incident."

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Service said it received a 999 call at 8.50pm on Thursday following reports a man had been assaulted in the Parkmount Street area. An A&E crew was despatched to the incident. Following initial treatment at the scene the patient was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital with serious injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: “A 21-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of murder and have been taken to Musgrave Police Station for questioning.

“I am appealing for anyone it was the area of Parkmount Street or Seaview Close between 8pm and 9.30pm last night and who witnessed anything to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting reference 1487 of 28/06/18."

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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