A woman has been arrested after a 29-year-old American woman backpacker was found murdered at a Belfast tourist hostel.

The victim, who is believed to be from New Mexico, had been staying near Queen's University in the south of the city.

She had sustained head injuries when she was discovered at the hostel in Fitzwilliam Street last night.

Officials from the US Consulate in Belfast are attempting to contact relatives before disclosing her name.

The area around the scene remained sealed off today while police and forensic experts carried out detailed searches.