Men arrested over murder of Geor0die Gilmore snr s in Carrickfergus

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team probing the murder of Geordie Gilmore this week have arrested two men today in the Greater Belfast area.

Detective Inspector Darren McCartney said: “The men, aged 35 and 28, have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite where they are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

“We are aware that a number of people were in the area at the time of the shooting and would appeal to anyone who witnessed the attack to contact detectives in the incident room on 02890 259542, phone police on 101 quoting serial 605 15/03.

“Or they can phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”

Gilmore was shot in the neck and upper body by a lone gunman as he drove along Pinewood Avenue on Monday around 2.15 pm in his white Vauxhall Insignia car.

Meanwhile, detectives are probing a possible link between the murder an incident in Co Antrim last night as part of the ongoing loyalist feud.

Detectives in Antrim are investigating a serious assault at McConnell’s bar licensed premises on Main Street in Doagh on Wednesday 15th March.

Detective Sergeant Robinson said: “ At around 6pm, a group of males entered the bar armed with a number of weapons including hammers and baseball bats and assaulted a man aged in his 40’s.

“We believe that the males then left the scene on foot to waiting cars and left the area.

“The man was taken to hospital following the assault where he remains receiving treatment for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“Follow up enquiries and searches have led to the arrests of six men aged between 24 and 38 who all remain in custody at this time.

“Our investigation is ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the assault or the group of males in the area of the bar or anyone with any information which could assist police with our enquiries to contact detectives in Antrim on 101 quoting reference number 982 15/03/17.

“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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