We are treating young man’s death as murder - police

Police and forensic officers at the scene of a murder in West Belfast,
Police and forensic officers at the scene of a murder in West Belfast,
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Police are treating the death of a teenager in west Belfast in the early hours of this morning as murder.

The young man’s body was found at Glasvey Close in the early hours of Saturday.

A forensic officer at the scene of the murder in Twinbrook.

A forensic officer at the scene of the murder in Twinbrook.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot said, “We received a report at around 1am of a young man lying at Glasvey Close. After examination by ambulance staff the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A number of injuries were noted on the body and as such, we are treating this death as murder.

“An investigation is now underway and we are seeking information from the public to assist us with our enquiries. I would appeal to anyone who has any information or who witnessed any disturbances in the area of the Stewartsown Road or Glasvey Close to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said she was “shocked” to hear about the young man’s death.

“I have spoken to the local PSNI and they tell me they are treating it as a violent death,” she said.

“My thoughts and prayers are with this young man’s family at this time and I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI.”