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Murder investigation after man found dead in Co Down

Police have begun a murder inquiry after a man was found dead at a house in Co Down.

Detectives said the man in his 60s was found dead in the house on the outskirts of Kilkeel when the emergency services arrived around around 1pm.

A woman was also discovered with serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested.

It is believed all three may be related and the matter is being treated as a domestic incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Kelly said: “Police received a report of a concern for safety for a couple at a property in the Newcastle Road area of the town shortly after 12.50pm.

“On arrival, officers located the body of a man who was unconscious and not breathing. A woman, aged in her 60s, was also inside the house with serious head injuries.

“Medical treatment was provided to the woman at the scene – and she has since been taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries. She remains in a stable condition at this time. The man was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.

“At approximately 2pm, officers detained and arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He remains in custody at this time, assisting officers with their enquiries.

Forensic officers have spent the evening examining the property.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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