A murder investigation has been launched following a suspected serious stabbing in the coastal village of Whitehead in Co Antrim.
The PSNI confirmed that a woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident at a property in the Victoria Avenue area.
A man was arrested by the PSNI, who confirmed he remains in custody.
Sunday Life understands the victim, a pensioner, has since lost her fight to live. The woman – in her 60s – is believed to have been a former health worker.
The scene near the train station and her home was cordoned off last night as police collected evidence and her family struggled to take in the news.
It is understood that a second location, a property nearby, is also the focus of the detectives’ attention.
This apparent attack is the latest in a string of violent crimes committed against women across Northern Ireland in recent times.
And it was a deep shock when the news swept through the village last night.
“I have lived in Whitehead since 1972 and this is the first incident of this nature that I have heard of. It’s just awful, especially at Easter time. God loves her family,” said one resident. The motive is unclear, but police will now begin to piece together the victim’s final movements.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics were called to the area just after 6pm. The air ambulance was also deployed but took no one to the hospital.
Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson told Sunday Life: “This is a bank holiday weekend, lots of people were out socializing and enjoying the good weather today. For many, it’s the first time they’ve been back on the road since the pandemic.
“And to hear about the tragic circumstances here in Whitehead is just heartbreaking.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of the person and I would encourage anyone with information about the circumstances to forward it to the PSNI.”
The DUP’s David Hilditch said: “When the news broke, people were shocked and appalled. All our thoughts are with the family of the poor victim. Whitehead is off the map for such things, it’s usually a quiet, rural seaside village. That’s just awful.”
PSNI Detective Inspector Foreman said: “We received a report at around 6.10pm that a woman had been stabbed to death at a property on Victoria Avenue in Whitehead.
“Officials attended along with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.
“Unfortunately, a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
“A man has been arrested and is currently in police custody. At this stage we are not looking for other suspects.
“Our inquiries are at a very early stage. However, I would urge anyone with information to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 1502 dated 04/16/22.
“Information may also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100 per cent anonymous.”
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