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Police thank Ballycastle Community for co-operation during Murder Investigations

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Detectives investigating the murder of Anthony McErlain in Ballycastle last week have been granted additional time to question a 50 year old man.

Mr McErlain, 48, was found dead in an flat in Broombeg View on Thursday evening, 28th January.

The senior detective leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot, said: “The arrested male was detained in Ballycastle on Friday night and a judge has now granted us more time to question him about Mr McErlain’s murder.

A 33 year old man, also arrested last week, was subsequently charged with murder and is due to appear in court today, Monday 1st February.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community in Ballycastle for their help and cooperation over recent days as the investigation team has gone about investigating this vicious crime.

The support we have received has been phenomenal. We are grateful to all of those who have been working with us to piece together a clearer picture of Mr McErlain’s movements and of the circumstances leading up to his death last Thursday.

I would ask anyone who may be able to help but who has not yet spoken to police, to please do so. The number to call is 101.

If someone would prefer to give their information without leaving their details they can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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