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Two people arrested over murder of 30-year-old Pat Ward in Co Tyrone

Pat Ward was found murdered in an alleyway in Clogher on Saturday morning. Picture from Facebook
John Monaghan

A 23-YEAR-OLD man and a 33-year-old woman remained in police custody last night after being arrested on suspicion of the murder of a man in Co Tyrone.

The body of Pat Ward (30) was found in an alleyway at McCrea Park in Clogher at around 8.15am on Saturday.

It is understood Mr Ward was a member of the travelling community and was originally from Co Sligo but had recently moved to the Clogher area.

In August 2007, his 23-year-old brother Tom Ward was murdered as he sat in his van outside his parents home in Sligo town.

It is believed Pat Ward was a father-of-four who was a keen boxer involved in prize fights.

A motive has not yet been established for Saturday's killing but it has been reported that Mr Ward was attacked as he made his way to a pre-arranged fight.

Messages of tribute have been left on social media to Mr Ward, who was also known as 'Big Bang'.

One described Mr Ward as "a gentleman" while another added "only the good die young."

Sinn Féin Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew said the community was "shocked" at news of the "brutal" killing.

"News that a man's body was found in an alleyway in the McCrea Park area of Clogher has shocked the local community," she said.

"Police are investigating and I would encourage anyone with information that could help to bring it forward. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this time."

DUP councillor Wills Robinson said that people in the area "just can't believe that something like this has happened on their doorstep".

"We need to let the police get on with their investigation and ultimately help them to identify what happened and how it happened," he said.

"I know everyone affected would value the prayers of people at this time."

Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said: "A post-mortem examination has yet to take place but I am treating his death as murder.

"I am appealing for anyone who was in the area of McCrea Park last night or early this morning and who witnessed any unusual activity or anyone with any information that can assist my investigation to contact detectives on 101.

 

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100 per cent anonymous."

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