Northern Ireland

Man questioned over David Mills' death in Ballynahinch

Ballynahinch
Image caption Mr Mills was assaulted in Ballynahinch early on Sunday

A 30-year-old man is being questioned by police about the death of David Mills, 47, from Dundrum, County Down.

Mr Mills suffered serious head injuries in an attack at Dromore Street, Ballynahinch, at about 00:45 BST on Sunday.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but died later from his injuries.

Mr Mills was well known in his community and was a former manager of his local football team, Drumaness Mills Football Club.

He had been socialising with friends following a local cricket club win on Saturday afternoon.

SDLP councillor Patsy Toman knows the Mills family.

Mr Toman said Mr Mills had gone to Ballynahinch for some takeaway food.

"I believe Mr Mills was in the takeaway shop and he came out and there was some sort of altercation with some guy on the street," he said.

"It's just terrible news. Everyone has been left devastated by it."

A spokesman for the club expressed its sympathies to the victim's family on the team's official Twitter account.

"Thoughts and prayers go to the Mills family from all at Drumaness after the death of former player and manager Davy Mills, aged 47. RIP," it read.

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard said the local community had been left in shock.

"There is huge shock to the local community at this senseless act," he said.

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said the attack was not in keeping with the usual peaceful nature of Ballynahinch.

She said it raised the issue of whether there was sufficient community policing in the area.

Alliance councillor Patrick Clarke described the death as "tragic".

UUP South Down MLA John McCallister urged anyone who witnessed the attack to contact the police.