Four people have appeared in court this morning in connection with the discovery of the body of a 38-year-old Irish man in the resort of Torreviejo in Alicante on the Costa Blanca in Spain.

It is understood the body was found earlier this week near a motorway.

The four, who appeared before an investigating judge this morning, are thought to be Irish and British and were arrested by the Civil Guard two days ago.

A fifth person is also under investigation.

The court proceedings were private. The Civil Guard says the investigation is ongoing.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to the family of the man.