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Deep shock following tragic death of young man in south Armagh

Bessbrook incident

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a man’s body in Bessbrook.

The local community is in shock following the discovery of the body of a man inderstood to be in his 30s on (Wednesday) morning.

Police cordoned off a property in the Acorn Hill area of Bessbrook this evening.

The death is still under investigation but five people are in custody tonight (Wednesday).

Two men – aged 41 and 43 – as well as three women, two aged 22 and the other 39, are being questioned.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Roisin Mulgrew has spoken of “deep shock” at the news.

“This is terrible news. The Police are currently carrying out investigations to the circumstances of this well known young man’s death, and anyone who may be able to help those investigations should do so.

She added: “This is dreadful news for the family of the young man.

“They are very well respected throughout this area and at this tragic time we offer them our support and prayers.”

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty added: “Another tragedy hitting the wider Newry community today with the tragic news of the death of a young man in Acorn Hill in Bessbrook.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Newry & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin said: “This is shocking news today coming through from Bessbrook.

“To hear about anyone losing their life is tragic but in this instance the circumstances are compounded by the fact that five persons are custody helping the PSNI with their enquiries into this mans death.

“The community is in shock and once again a family has been plunged into sorrow. I would appeal to anyone who can help Police with their enquiries to come forward immediately.”

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