Man (35) stabbed to death after ‘altercation’ in Derry

Police launch murder investigation into attack in the early hours of Sunday morning

The PSNI has begun a murder investigation in Derry.

The PSNI has begun a murder investigation in Derry.

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Police in Derry have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death in a fight.

The 35-year-old was attacked during the early hours of Sunday morning following an “altercation” involving a number of men in the Grafton Street area, the PSNI said.

Three men, aged 19, 20 and 27, have been arrested and are in custody assisting police with their murder investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson, from PSNI major investigation team, said: “We are working to establish the circumstances of this incident and determine the precise sequence of events that culminated in the tragic death of this man.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the Grafton Street or Park Avenue areas of Derry this morning between 2.30am and 3am to please get in touch.”

SDLP Assembly member Mark H Durkan said it was a tragedy.

He added: “A family and an entire community has lost a loved one in the most shocking of circumstances.

“My thoughts and the thoughts of my colleagues are with the man’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

“I know the victim and his family and I have no doubt that the local community will rally around them and offer any support they can in the days and weeks ahead.” - PA

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