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Woman held in murder probe as child dies in Ardoyne

Ambulance crews had earlier taken two children to hospital.

Brompton Park In north Belfast.
Brompton Park In north Belfast.
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Updated Jul 28th 2021, 6:02 AM

POLICE IN BELFAST have made an arrest and launched a murder investigation following the death of a child in the Ardoyne area. 

A woman was arrested following the incident involving two young children in the Ardoyne area in the north of the city yesterday evening.

Ambulance crews had earlier taken the two children to hospital following what is understood to have been a domestic stabbing incident in Brompton Park.

Police later confirmed that a child had died.

It is understood the other child is being treated for injuries in hospital.

“Police have commenced a murder investigation following the death of a child in the Brompton Park area of north Belfast this evening and made one arrest in relation to this,” said a Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman.

“The investigation is at an early stage and further information will be provided in due course.”

A number of local politicians have tweeted about the incident, with SDLP councillor Paul McCusker noting the “terribly sad and tragic news tonight in Ardoyne”. 

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“Police are continuing their investigations of what happened tonight in Brompton Park.   We now need to give them time to do this and think about the wider family,” he said. 

SDLP North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon said: “Our thoughts are with the Ardoyne community at this time. We ask please for no speculation at this time, as it can be unhelpful and upsetting.”

Sinn Féin’s North Belfast MP John Finucane said: “Police have now confirmed a murder investigation into tonight’s tragic incident in Ardoyne with one person arrested. Our thoughts are with all those involved. I again appeal to everyone to be mindful & not to post or share anything which would add further distress.”

- Additional reporting from PA

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