Northern Ireland

Belfast: Arrest over 'suspicious death' of man at Divis flats

Police at the scene of the Divis flats death Image copyright Press Eye
Image caption Police at the scene of a man's death in west Belfast after his body was discovered at Divis Tower

A 42-year-old man has been arrested after the death of a man at Divis Tower flats in west Belfast.

The man who died has been named locally as 62-year-old Jim Hughes.

His body was discovered in a flat on Sunday night.

Police are treating the death as suspicious and have appealed for anyone who was on the 14th, 15th or 16th floors of the flats and heard anything suspicious on Saturday or Sunday to contact them.

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann said he believed two floors of the flats were evacuated late on Sunday night while a forensic search was carried out.

Image caption Police have appealed for anyone who was on the 14th, 15th or 16th floors of the flats and heard anything suspicious on Saturday or Sunday to contact them

Mr McCann, who lives close to the scene, added: "I know the man personally, he was a very kind and well-liked person.

"He was a very spiritual man, always had a good and kind word for people

"He lived in this tower block for many, many years and got on well with everyone in the tower."

John Leathem, chairman of the Divis Residents' Association, paid tribute to Mr Hughes.

"James would have been a very loving person, a very caring person," Mr Leathem said.

"If somebody was sick, or he could assist you in any way, he would have."