Northern Ireland

PSNI launch Laurence Shaw murder investigation in Larne

Police and forensic officers at the scene Image copyright Justin Kernoghan
Image caption Forensic teams have been examining the semi-detached bungalow

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a man's body in a house in Larne, County Antrim.

The man, named locally as Laurence Shaw, was found in a house at Hillmount Gardens at about 13:35 BST on Monday.

Fire crews had been called to the house to deal with a small fire, which was out when they arrived.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out to determine the cause of death.

Initially, police said they were treating the man's death as "suspicious", but a murder investigation has now been launched.

Image copyright Justin Kernoghan

The 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Tuesday.

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Police have appealed to anyone who noticed "suspicious activity" in the Hillmount Gardens area from Saturday afternoon onwards to contact them.

Residents said the victim had been living in the house and there was a party in the property at the weekend.

Forensic teams have been examining the semi-detached bungalow and detectives have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the Seacourt estate.

Sinn Féin councillor James McKeown said the community was stunned and horrified at the death.

"I knew him very well, I grew up with him," said Mr McKeown.

"He was good craic, he enjoyed a bit of fun, a very well-known man, not only in this estate - Seacourt - but throughout the Larne area and (he) comes from a very, very big family."