Murder victim Ian Ogle stabbed to death in east Belfast

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have arrested four  people over the murder of Ian Ogle in east Belfast.

The 45-year-old was brutally attacked and stabbed by a gang in Cluan Place off the Albertbridge Road around 9 pm on Sunday.

Two men, aged 31 and 45, and two women, aged 35 and 36, were arrested on Monday night.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone who may have seen a group of men running in the area.

“We have been conducting a number of enquiries today and those enquiries are continuing,” Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and assistance as we progress our investigation.

“We are continuing in our efforts to find those responsible for this brutal murder.”

Earlier, searches believed to be linked to the investigation, took place on the lower Newtownards Road.

Less than a mile from the murder scene, the PSNI cordoned off an area near Pitt Place and put up a security tent.

The UVF in east Belfast issued a statement to The Irish News saying it was not responsible for the murder.

A UVF spokesperson, using a recognised codeword, said: “Actions of this sort undermine the positive transformation which is taking place with the organisation and we distance ourselves from the appalling act on a popular member of out local community.

“We send heartfelt condolences to the wider family circle”.

The four suspects are currently being questioned at the PACE custody suite at Musgrave PSNI station in Belfast city centre.

They can be held for up to 24 hours before being either charged or released on bail.

Detectives can apply to a judge to have and extension to their detention extended.

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