The PSNI have launched an investigation after the discovery of a man's body on a beach.

The middle-aged man's body was reportedly found by a dog walker on Murlough beach in Newcastle, Co Down, yesterday afternoon.

The PSNI said the body may have washed up at the beauty spot with the tide.

The force has launched an appeal for information to help establish the man's identity.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Detectives in Downpatrick are appealing for information following the discovery of a body on Murlough beach, Newcastle.

"The unidentified male is described as approximately 50, with a heavy build, greying hair on the side of his head and bald on top with an unshaven face.

"It is possible he may have been washed up in the tide."