Murder investigation launched after east Belfast death

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Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man at a flat in east Belfast this morning, Saturday 20 January.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce said: “Police and paramedics were called to an address in the London Road area shortly before 10am this morning. A 53 year old man was located in the living room of the property however he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The victim appeared to have sustained a number of injuries to his head and face however a post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

A 25 year old man and a 27 year old woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody this afternoon assisting us with our enquiries.

I am appealing for witnesses, or anyone who may have information about this crime, to get in touch with the investigation team by calling 101, quoting reference 347 of 20/01/18.”

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.