SUSPECTS RELEASED OVER 40-YEAR-OLD UVF MURDER

UVF murder victim Seamus Gilmore who was shot dead in north Belfast in 1973

UVF murder victim Seamus Gilmore who was shot dead in north Belfast in 1973

DETECTIVES from the Serious Crime Branch have released two men arrested in Scotland and London over the sectarian murder of a Catholic teenager in north Belfast.

It follows a review of the murdere by ‘Waking The Dead’ detectives combing through historical murder files.

Seamus Gilmore was shot by the UVF at a petrol station at Ballysillan Road on February, 4 1973.

Two men got out of a hijacked car driven by a third man and fired at him.

The 18-year-old later died in hospital from his injuries.

On Tuesday, during co-ordinated operations, a 59-year-old man was arrested in Falkirk, Scotland.

At the same time, another arrest team detained a 61-year-old man was arrested in London.

Both are being held at police stations in Glasgow and London under the Terrorism Act over the murder.

They can be held for up to 48 hours before either being charged or released. Police can also apply to a court for a further extension to their detention.

However, on Tuesday evening both were released without charge.

THE murder scene in 1973 after Seamus Gilmore was shot dead by the UVF

THE murder scene in 1973 after Seamus Gilmore was shot dead by the UVF

In a statement, the victim’s family said they appreciated the efforts of the PSNI.

“We have forgiven those who took Seamus’ life and we pray for them,” they said.

“Our priority now is our 82-year-old mother and will make no further comment on this matter.”

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