The PSNI have arrested a 31-year-old man in Broughshane following the death of another man in London.
Police said yesterday that they made the arrest following the serious assault of a 33-year-old man in the Rocavan Meadows area of Broughshane at around 7pm on September 19.
It is understood the man who was assaulted then travelled on to London, where he died.
However, the PSNI said they had no actual evidence to link the man’s death with the assault on him in Broughshane and that they were awaiting the outcome of a post-mortem examination.
The suspect was arrested in the Broughshane area early yesterday and is currently being questioned at Ballymena police station.
A PSNI spokeswoman confirmed that they were in contact with the Metropolitan Police in relation to the death of the man from Broughshane.
“We are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination,” she said.
The PSNI were unable to say when the 33-year-old died in London, nor were they able to provide any more details
The Ballymena Times reported yesterday that the arrest was linked to a violent incident which was captured on video and posted to a social media website.
The video subsequently went viral, attracting in the region of 5,000 shares worldwide, the paper reported.
Asked about the possibility of the News Letter publishing the video, or images from it, the PSNI responded: “There is an ongoing police investigation and we would ask you to refrain from publishing anything which might adversely affect our inquiries.”
Broughshane DUP councillor Audrey Wales said: “Our sympathies would go to the family of the man who has died. Whatever the circumstances, there is a family which is grieving.
“The best thing is to give the police time to do their investigations and find out what happened.”
The PSNI have appealed to anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone who has any information to contact detectives at Ballymena on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.