DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit probing the UVF massacre of six men at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland in 1994 today issued a renewed appeal for information on the 20th anniversary of the attack.
The victims were watching a World Cup football match on television when UVF gunmen opened fire on the evening of 18 June 1994.
No one has yet been charged with the murders.
But a renewed police investigation is underway by detectives from TIU following a review of the case by the PSNI Serious Crime Review Team.
Investigators are progressing the recommendations contained in the review which was conducted on foot of a report by the Police Ombudsman.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot said: “This was a sickening, indiscriminate and completely futile attack committed by terrorists who gave no thought to the innocent lives they shattered, then and now.”
Those who died were Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, Malcolm Jenkinson, Daniel McCreanor, Patrick O’Hare and Eamon Byrne.
To date, 16 people have been arrested, 51 searches have been conducted, 605 statements recorded and more than 2,500 actions raised as part of the investigation.
DCI Talbot said: “Police remain firmly committed to apprehending those responsible for these murders.
“On this 20th anniversary, with all its pain for families and survivors and perhaps reflection for those involved, I would ask anyone with information about the murders to come forward and speak to police.
“The anniversary should bring into focus the fact that it is never too late to do the right thing, to come forward with any information about individuals or events. Police will not give up but what we really need is for people to make statements and give evidence.
“Anyone with any information can contact detectives in the Incident Room on 028 3751 7390 or by email to MIT8@psni.pnn.police.uk
“Alternatively, people can provide information without giving their details to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”