Police treating death of NI Assembly staff member as suspicious

Man's body was found last night in Holywood, Co Down

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A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Northern Ireland Assembly staff member.

The body of the deceased, who was in his 40s, was found last night in the Ballydavey Cottages area of Holywood, Co Down. 

The Assembly in Belfast has confirmed the man had been a staff member. 

The PSNI is treating the death as suspicious. 

Local DUP MLA Gordon Dunne said: "I am shocked and saddened at the discovery of a man's body in Holywood on Sunday night.

"This is a real tragedy and it has certainly shocked the local community.

"The body was discovered in a rural area of Holywood. I express my sincere condolences, and assure the family and friends of this man that my thoughts and prayers will be with them as they deal with this difficult news."