UPDATE Victim whose body was found in Coalisland shed was from Eastern Europe

Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O’Neill has appealed for members of the public to work with police as they continue their investigation into the discovery of a man’s body in an outbuilding in the Coalisland area.

The victim, who is understood to be from Eastern Europe, was found yesterday afternoon, Thursday.

Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill speaks to the media at the scene on the Moor Road, Coalisland, where a man's body was discovered

Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill speaks to the media at the scene on the Moor Road, Coalisland, where a man's body was discovered

A post-mortem examination will take place to determine the cause of the man’s death, which is being treated as suspicious by police.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee McNevison, who is leading the enquiry, said: “If anyone saw anything unusual in the Moor Road area in recent days, we would like them to contact detectives in Dungannon by calling the non-emergency number 101.

“Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Speaking at the scene of the investigation, Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O’Neill said the local community was “shocked and stunned” by the incident.

The Sinn Fein representative for the area extended her sympathy to the victim’s family, adding: “Someone will be mourning the loss of a husband, son, friend.”

Meanwhile, SDLP MLA, Patsy McGlone, said there was a “real sense of worry” in the community following the incident.

“I’m extremely concerned by the violence we have seen in and around Coalisland in recent days”, he continued.

“On Wednesday a man was shot in the leg and now we’re hearing that another man has been found dead in suspicious circumstances.

“Violent attacks are absolutely abhorrent, regardless of who they’re aimed at. It would be inappropriate to speculate on motives or to draw links at this early stage but I will remain in contact with local police to ensure we do all we can to preserve calm in the community at this difficult time.”