Man killed in Belfast altercation was Paul McCready

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By David Hunter

A man who died as a result of injuries sustained in a fight in Belfast city centre was Paul McCready. 

The 31 year old was taken to hospital following the incident in Donegall Street before 1am on Sunday morning. 

Police say the case is being treated as murder and part of the city centre has been closed for examination. 

A 32 year old man was arrested at the scene and remains in custody. 

Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce is leading the investigation.

He said “We are aware that there would have been quite a number of people in the Donegall Street area at the time that this incident occurred and we are keen to speak with as many witnesses and passers-by as possible."

MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said "The death of a 31 year-old-man following an altercation close to Donegall Street in Belfast city centre has shocked local people. 

"My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of this man at this time. 

"I would appeal for anyone with information on this incident to come forward and contact the police." 

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