Northern Ireland

West Belfast murder inquiry begins after man found dead

Gerar Reid
Image caption Gerard Reid was found murdered in a flat

The man found murdered in a flat in West Belfast on Thursday was Gerard Reid, 52, known locally as "Rico".

His body was found at about 0830 BST in Ardmonagh Parade. His death is being treated as murder following a post-mortem examination on Friday.

Details of how he died have not yet been released.

Police are trying to track Mr Reid's movements and believe he was in the Springfield Road area on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Garry Eaton said: "We are still trying to gather all the relevant information in relation to this incident and we are particularly keen to trace Mr Reid's movements on Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

"We believe he was in the Springfield Road area and we are keen to speak to anyone who has any knowledge as to his movements and whereabouts at this time.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the incident room at Antrim Road station by calling 0845 600 8000 extension 18434."

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said the community in the Turf Lodge area was shocked by the murder.

"Obviously it's early days in terms of the investigation, but it's important that anybody who has any information about this man's whereabouts over the last couple of days needs to give that information to the police so that this can be fully investigated," he said.

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