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Body of Polish man found in Northern Ireland farm - village left stunned

By David Young

A Co Antrim village was in shock last night after a man's body was found in suspicious circumstances at an isolated country farmyard.

The body of the man - believed to be a Polish national in his 50s - was discovered yesterday morning at a run-down farmstead at the end of a rutted lane on the Townhill Road near Rasharkin.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested and was last night helping police with their enquiries.

He too is believed to be of eastern European origin.

Last night the man's body was still at the remote farmyard, where scenes of crime officers and forensic experts were examining the area for evidence that could shed light on how the man died.

A few feet away, CID officers in black padded jackets guarded the perimeter of the secluded farmyard.

Detective Chief Inspector Mary White, the officer leading the investigation, said: "While a post-mortem examination will take place in due course to determine the cause of death, we are treating the death as suspicious at this time.

"A 36-year-old man has been arrested as part of the investigation and remains in police custody.

"The investigation is at an early stage and there are no further details at this time."

A neighbour said that the men who lived at the single-storey tumbledown farmyard cottage had always kept themselves to themselves.

"They were quiet people, and never bothered with anyone, nor were they any bother to anyone," the neighbour said last night.

"They went to work in the morning and came back at night.

"They were good workers, as the Poles tend to be, but that's all I ever saw of them.

"I don't know anything about what's happened. I just saw the police cars when they arrived."

Councillor Cathal McLaughlin, who represents the Rasharkin area on Causeway Coast and Glens Council, said last night: "This is dreadful news.

"Everybody in the community is in shock that something like this could have happened so close to the village. We want to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of the poor man.

"A man has lost his life - and that's a very sad thing," the Sinn Fein councillor said.

His colleague, Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan, said people in the area have been left stunned by the grim discovery.

"The local community has been left in shock by this news. I express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the man and would urge anyone with information to bring it to the PSNI," the North Antrim MLA said.

Although local residents were convinced the men were Polish, last night the Polish Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland, Jerome Mullen, said that he had had no contact from the PSNI about the incident.

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