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Flowers arrive at scene of triple death in Newry flat

The bodies of a man, a woman and a teenage girl were discovered at around 11am on Thursday.

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PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton at the scene (Niall Carson/PA)

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton at the scene (Niall Carson/PA)

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton at the scene (Niall Carson/PA)

Floral tributes have begun arriving near a flat where three people died in Northern Ireland.

The bodies of a man, a woman and a teenage girl were discovered at Glin Ree Court in Newry, Co Down, at around 11am on Thursday, police said.

It is understood they died in a violent way and one line of inquiry is a double murder and suicide. It is also understood that the three were known to each other.

In reference to the victims’ identities, SDLP Assembly member Justin McNulty said: “There is an international dimension.”

He said he believed nobody else was in danger from an assailant, adding: “It was all contained within the apartment.”

An emotional woman visited the cordon with a child who carried a bunch of flowers but they were not allowed into the sealed-off area.

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Shocked visitors at the scene (Niall Carson/PA)

Shocked visitors at the scene (Niall Carson/PA)

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Shocked visitors at the scene (Niall Carson/PA)

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “The circumstances of the deaths will now be subject to investigation and post-mortem examinations will take place in due course.

“At this stage it would not be appropriate to elaborate further on the circumstances as our inquiries are at an extremely early stage.”

Officers are at the scene and police tape marked the area preserved for forensic investigation in front of whitewashed flats.

Newry is close to Northern Ireland’s border with the Irish Republic.

Mr McNulty added: “This community is in shock and a dark cloud hangs over Newry this afternoon. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.”

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