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Police launch Craigavon murder investigation following discovery of 25-year-old’s body

Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a 25-year-old’s body in Craigavon on Thursday night.

The victim was found in the Lake Road area of Craigavon.

A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody being questioned by detectives.

A post mortem is due to be carried out later today.

Detective Inspector Miller said: “As we carry out our enquiries it is envisaged there will be some disruption to residents and motorists in the Lake Road and Clonmeen areas.

“A further update will be issued in due course.”

DUP MLA Johnny Buckley said: “This is extremely alarming news coming from Lake Road this morning. My first thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.

“I cannot begin to imagine the hurt and distress that they are feeling at this difficult time.

“Craigavon Lakes is an extremely popular destination for walkers and so this will be particularly alarming for many of them that this could occur in such a publicly exposed place.

“I will continue to liase with police to ensure that no stone is left unturned to get to the bottom of this alarming development.”

SDLP councillor Thomas Larkham added: “Very sad news coming through this morning of a mans body being discovered in the Lake Road area of Craigavon. This news will undoubtedly send a shockwave throughout our community.

“I would like to send my condolences to the mans family.

“An investigation surrounding this mans death has been launched by the PSNI and I would ask that everyone allows them the space and time to proceed. While the circumstances remain unclear, I would appeal to anyone with information to pass it to the PSNI.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the man at this sad time.”

Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart, commented: “This is obviously a very sad situation for the family of the deceased man and my thoughts are with them at this time. A young life cut off in its prime.

“The police should be commended once again for the speed with which they have moved with the investigation. They should be given the space to conduct their work.

“It is shocking to wake up to the news that another life has been needlessly taken. I appeal to anyone with information to contact the police via the 101 non emergency number or anonymously on the confidential phone number.”

Also speaking, local councillor Margaret Tinsley said: “This is devastating news that a young life has been ended in this way. My thoughts are with the family of the young man as they come to terms with such a loss.

“The local community are in shock and I have asked the police to increase their visibility to restore confidence once again.

“I too would encourage anyone with any information to come forward to the PSNI.”

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