Pictures from the scene: Murder investigation launched following the death of a man at a property in Devenagh Court in Ballymena

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A forensic team pictured at Devenagh Way on Thursday night. Picture: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.

Detectives from PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation this evening (Thursday, 22 November) following the death of a 40-year-old man at a property in the Devenagh Court area of Ballymena.

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The scene at Devenagh Court on Thursday night. Picture – North East News.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna, who is leading the investigation, said: “The death was reported to us at 3pm this afternoon. A post mortem examination has yet to take place but, at this time, I am treating this as murder.

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The scene at Devenagh Court on Thursday night. Picture – North East News.

“A 53-year-old woman was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody at this time.

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The scene at Devenagh Court on Thursday night. Picture – North East News.

“My thoughts go out to the victim’s family at this tragic time.

“I want to appeal to anyone who has any information to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 732 of 22/11/18.”

Alternatively information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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Candles and religious pictures have been placed outside a block of flats at Devenagh Court in Ballymena where police launched a murder investigation on Thursday following the death of a man (40). Picture: North East News.

At the scene on Thursday night, forensics officers could be seen working in a room at the property.

Local people were shocked.

One man, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “I am truly shocked that this has happened. It is a real tragedy.”

The Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said it was “upsetting” to hear of a tragic death in Ballymena.

She added: “My sympathies go out to the victim’s family and friends.”

She encouraged anyone with information to contact police.

Declan O’Loan, SDLP councillor for Ballymena, offered his condolences.

He said: “I am very sorry to hear about this tragic incident and want to send my sympathies to the family of the deceased.

“This part of town is in general quiet and settled so the community will be enormously shocked, as will the rest of Ballymena on hearing something of this nature has occurred.”

‘Belfast Live’ also reported Stephen Nicholl, a UUP councillor, as saying: “Any time an incident such as this happens it is a shock, especially in a community that is known for being pretty settled and quiet.”

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