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Last Updated: Monday, 3 January, 2005, 17:12 GMT
Murder inquiry into woman's death
murder scene
The scene of the murder in the Whitehill estate, Bangor
Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in County Down.

The woman's body was found in a ground floor flat at Lismore Avenue, in the Whitehill estate, Bangor, at about 0230 GMT on Monday.

The woman has been named locally as Pauline McConnell. She was in her early 40s.

The block of flats has been cordoned off by police.

They are carrying out a forensic examination of the scene.

No details of the injuries sustained by the woman have been revealed by the police.

Mayor of North Down, Councillor Valerie Kinghan said the killing was a "massive shock" to the community.

Cllr Valerie Kinghan, mayor of north Down said this was "devastating"

"It certainly is no way that any family wants to start off a new year," she said.

"It is absolutely devastating."

Alex Easton, DUP assembly member for North Down, said people were shocked at the news.

"All of us, this morning, have been shocked by the devastating news that a woman's body has been discovered," he said.

"At the beginning of a new year, this news is all the more devastating and traumatic."

BBC NI's Shane Glynn reports:
"The woman's body was found in a ground floor flat"

BBC NI's Rosie Billingham reports:
"The murdered woman's body was discovered in the early hours"

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