Northern Ireland

Lurgan murder: Police name victim as Anita Downey

The scene in the Toberhewney Hall area of Lurgan on Friday morning
Image caption The scene in the Toberhewney Hall area of Lurgan on Friday morning

A murder investigation is under way after a woman's body was found in County Armagh.

Police have released the name of the victim. She was 51-year-old Anita Downey.

Her body was discovered in a house in the Toberhewney Hall area of Lurgan at about 02:50 GMT on Friday.

A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her murder remains in police custody.

A post mortem examination is expected to take place on Saturday.

Image copyright PSNI
Image caption Police say the victim was 51-year-old Anita Downey.

At the scene: Michael Fitzpatrick, BBC News NI reporter

Police forensic officers are carrying out an examination of the house where the woman's body was discovered in the early hours of Friday morning.

The entire front of the semi-detached property in Toberhewney Hall has been sealed off while investigations are carried out.

A glass panel in a front downstairs window appears to have been smashed.

It is a quiet residential area close to the local high school in the town.


Image caption The front of the property has been sealed off

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said it was "very alarming news".

"My sympathies are with the family of the deceased," she said.

"The police are treating this as a murder investigation and therefore I would encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to the PSNI."

Image caption Anita Downey's body was found at about 02:50 GMT