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Garda at the crime scene Eamonn Farrell/

Murder investigation underway after man discovered in a ditch with multiple stab wounds

The scene has been preserved for technical examination.

Updated: 5.10pm

GARDAÍ IN NORTH Dublin have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of the body of a man this morning.

Officers believe that the man was stabbed to death and his body dumped on the Ballyboughal to Oldtown road (R129), about a kilometre outside Ballyboughal at around 10.40am.

Balbriggan Superintendent Noel Carolan said an incident like this is “extremely rare” for the area and urged anyone who has been in the locality over the last week to get in touch with gardaí.

A post-mortem is being carried out on the man but gardaí believe he died as a result of multiple stab wounds. The process of identifying the man has started but gardaí think he is not Irish.

Carolan said that gardaí believe the man was killed elsewhere before his body was left in a ditch.  However, he stressed that officers are at the very early stages of the investigation.

The scene has been preserved for technical examination, and the State pathologist has been informed.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 8020510, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

With reporting by Garreth MacNamee

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