An estranged husband and wife have been found dead in separate locations in Northern Ireland.

The body of the 33-year-old woman was found by a family member in the Carnbeg Meadows area of Antrim shortly after 8.30am.

Ten minutes later, the body of a 34-year-old man was found in the Parkgate Road area of Kells, Co Antrim, in a red Ford Escort in a car park.

The couple have been named locally as Philip Hull and his wife, Sharon. They had three children.

They had not been living together recently and their children were not in the family home in Antrim town at the time.

A PSNI spokeswoman said detectives are appealing for anyone who heard a disturbance in the Carnbeg Meadows area at around 3am to come forward.

The PSNI said it was also keen to trace the movements of the Ford Escort, registration R257BMY, between 2am and 6am.

Detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime branch are investigating but they are not seeking to interview any other person as part of their inquiries.

Local Ulster Unionist Party councillor Adrian Watson, who knew the couple, said the area was shocked by the deaths.

Mr Watson said: 'When the news started breaking, friends and family, everybody was in total shock.

'With a young family, lovely house, everything seemed to have been going quite well.

'Certainly no-one would have suspected this event would have been brought to their door. A complete shock to everybody.'