East Belfast: Kathryn Parton found dead as police launch murder inquiry

Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman with serious head injuries was found dead in the bedroom of an east Belfast house.

Kathryn Parton - who was known as Kat - was discovered in the house on Madrid Street shortly before 16:25 BST.

The 34-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and three people were arrested.

Police are continuing to question a woman aged 43 and two men aged 22 and 23 on suspicion of murder.

Forensics arrive at the scene

Forensics officers arrived at the east Belfast property to conduct further examinations of the scene on Thursday.

PSNI Det Insp Michelle Griffin said her "thoughts at this time are first and foremost with Kathryn's family, who are left trying to come to terms with their loss".

"Our investigation is at an early stage and enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances," she added.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have information to contact them.

Belfast East MP Gavin Robinson described the incident as heartbreaking.

"It is shocking for the local community, a very tight-knit community, and a very good community," he said.

"My thoughts are very much with the family and those so deeply affected at this time."