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Co Down Beach body find: Appeal to public over unidentified body

The body was found on Newcastle beach, in Co Down
The body was found on Newcastle beach, in Co Down

The body of a man found on a beach in Newcastle is not believed to be suspicious, police have said.

The member of the public reported the find just before 5am on Thursday.

It's thought the body was discovered by a man out walking his dog on the beach in Newcastle.

The promenade in the Co Down town has been sealed off.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Detective Sergeant Bell said: “We have carried out a number of enquiries at the scene and in the general Newcastle area today and at this stage we do not believe the death of the man to be suspicious.

"Unfortunately we have been unable to identify the deceased and I am appealing for assistance from the public. He is a white male, aged between 50-70, bald on top with short grey hair to the sides, of medium build and was found wearing a white Ballybunion Golf Club polo shirt.

"If anyone can help us to identify this gentleman, or has information that could help with our enquiries, please contact officers in Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 149 11/10/18.” 

SDLP MLA Colin McGrath appealed for information to be passed to the police.

The MLA for South Down said: "My sympathies go out to the family of the individual, as well as the locals who found the body this morning.

"The local community are in shock this morning, but I have no doubt they will rally together to support one another at this time.

"I would encourage anyone who may have information to contact the PSNI."

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