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Police treating Belfast body find as murder - two arrested

The scene at Orient Gardens in north Belfast where a man was found dead on Wednesday evening.
The scene at Orient Gardens in north Belfast where a man was found dead on Wednesday evening.
The scene at Orient Gardens in north Belfast where a man was found dead on Wednesday evening.
Police at the scene of a murder in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 19th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly speaks to reporters at the scene of a murder in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 19th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found on a residential street in north Belfast.

It is understood that the body of a man was found by two people who were driving along Orient Gardens, off the Cliftonville Road shortly after 10pm on Wednesday.

A PSNI spokesman said they are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and have arrested a 26 and 28 year old.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said there was a sense of shock in the area on Thursday morning.

“While the circumstances of the man's death are unclear at this time, the PSNI have stated that they are treating the death as murder.

“I would appeal to anyone with information which may assist the police to bring it forward.”

DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst, expressing his shock and sadness, also appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan appealed to anyone who was in the area of Orient Gardens on Wednesday night between 7pm and 10pm to contact officers on 101.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime," he added.

Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of a body find in the Orient Gardens area of north Belfast on on April 18th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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