Police investigating "some form of altercation" following death of English holidaymaker in Antrim 4 months ago

Police investigating "some form of altercation" following death of English holidaymaker in Antrim

Paul Rowlands had been temporarily living in a tent in Portrush before his body was discovered.

PSNI detectives investigating the murder of a man in Antrim have named the victim as an English holidaymaker.

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46-year-old Paul Rowlands had been on an extended stay in the seaside town of Portrush from the beginning of June, and was planning on returning to England at the end of July.

“Shortly after 2.20am on Monday (18 July), police received a report that an injured male had been discovered in the Bath Terrace area of Portrush," said Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness.

“He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A 39-year-old man arrested in the Portrush area on Monday evening remains in custody at this time.

“Our investigation to date leads me to believe that Paul was involved in some form of altercation with another male in the area at around midnight.

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"I need anyone who witnessed any incident, no matter how minor this may have appeared, or anyone who was in the Bath Terrace area of Portrush town centre, on Sunday afternoon or late Sunday night (17 July), particularly if they witnessed any fights or verbal disagreements in that area, to contact the investigation team.

“We believe that a number of potential witnesses who were in Portrush for the weekend may have returned home, and I am appealing to any of them who may believe they have witnessed anything, or who may have information that could assist, to contact detectives in 101.

"Paul had been living in a tent on the seafront and I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Paul in the past number of days and weeks while he was staying in Portrush.

Anyone with dash-cam footage, or who has premises in that area with CCTV, is also asked to contact the PSNI quoting reference number 171 of 18/07/22.

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A report can also be submitted online using the PSNI non-emergency reporting form. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.