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Police given more time to question man (21) following murder of Robert Jones

30-year-old Robert Jones died in hospital on Thursday after being attacked in north Belfast. Picture from Jones family
John Monaghan

POLICE were given additional time at the weekend to question a 21-year-old man in connection with a murder in north Belfast.

The man was arrested following the death on Thursday of 30-year-old Robert Jones.

The victim's name and photograph were released by police at the weekend.

Mr Jones was discovered seriously injured close to Parkmount Street and Seaview Close in the Tigers Bay area at around 9pm on Thursday.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics but later died in hospital.

A 21-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of the murder on Thursday night, remained in police custody yesterday after detectives were granted additional time to question him at the weekend.

It is understood that Mr Jones grew up in Craigavon and moved to a flat in Mountcollyer Avenue, close to Parkmount Street, around a year ago.

He was reported to be the father of a five-year-old daughter.

His sister wrote on social media: "Rip little bro, we will get justice for you."

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: "The community in the local area may hold vital information which could help to establish the circumstances surrounding Robert's murder.

"I would like to thank the community for the help they have provided so far and would appeal to those with any information to contact detectives."

Officers have urged anyone who was in the area between 8pm and 9.30pm on Thursday to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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