PSNI given further time to question Ballycastle murder suspects

Police at the scene of the McErlain murder
Police at the scene of the McErlain murder
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Police have been given extra time to interview the two men arrested in connection with the murder of 48-year-old Anthony McErlain in Ballycastle.

Detective Inspector Clara Heaton said detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Anthony McErlain “have been given additional time by a court to question two men aged 33 and 50 who were arrested on 29 January”.

She added: “Police have been granted a further 24 hours to continue interview.”

Mr McErlain was discovered in a house in Broomberg View in the north Antrim town around 8.30pm on Thursday.

The senior investigating officer said Mr McErlain “suffered a traumatic and frightening death”.