Police in Belfast are investigating the suspicious death of a 64-year-old woman whose body was found in her home on the same night that her car was stolen.

May Stevens, a mother-of-two, was found in her Lismoyne Park home shortly after 3am on Sunday by officers inquiring about her car.

It had been seen a short time earlier on the North Circular Road having failed to stop for police.

The PSNI said her car was stolen between 1.30am and 2am on Sunday, before it was found abandoned in Glenbank Place at around 6.45am.

Officers are investigating a possible link to two other attempted burglaries in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "At this stage, we are treating Mrs Stevens' death as suspicious.

"I can fully understand the shock and devastation felt in the community today following this sickening incident.

"Mrs Stevens was last seen alive in her house late on Saturday evening, and I am awaiting the results of the post mortem."

He added: "May touched the lives of many people living in this community as she was a long-standing public servant teaching maths to pupils at the Boys' Model, as well as working at Newtownabbey Region College in recent years."

"This incident has left the Stevens' family mourning the loss of a wife, mother and sister. Mrs Stevens was looking forward to becoming a grandmother."