THREE MEN ARRESTED OVER UVF DOUBLE MURDER 20 YEARS AGO

Former Mount Vernon UVF leader Mark Haddock

Former Mount Vernon UVF leader Mark Haddock

‘WAKING The Dead’ detectives have arrested three men on the word of a ‘supergrass’ over an ongoing probe into the murders of two Catholic workmen in north Belfast almost 20 years ago.

Gary Convie (24) and Eamon Fox (44) were sitting in their car at a building site in North Queen Street on 17 May 1994 when a gunman opened fire with a submachine gun.

The suspects, aged 43, 52 and 65 were arrested this morning in Templepatrick, Newtownabbey and Antrim by officers from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit.

They have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.

Today’s arrests are part of Operation Stafford, an investigation into a series of murders and other serious crimes by the UVF in north Belfast.

One man has already been convicted and jailed for his part in the murders.

A second man was remanded in custody in January following a renewed probe in the killings.

Mark Campbell, of Canning Place, denies the charges.

Police believe the killings were ordered on the word of UVF Mount Vernon commander and Special Branch informant Mark Haddock.

It is believed the new probe follows statements provided by a one time close friend of Haddock’s turned ‘supergrass’ Gary Haggarty.

He is currently living in a witness protection scheme ahead of his trial for murdering John Harbinson on FA Cup final day in May 1997.

 

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