Murdered RUC Constable John Haggan

Detectives from the PSNI’s Legacy Investigation Branch are appealing for information on the 30th anniversary of the murder of Constable John Haggan on March 1o, 1994.

Constable Haggan, who was known as Jackie, was shot and killed as he socialised with his wife and friends at Dunmore Greyhound Stadium on Alexander Park Avenue in north Belfast.

He was a 33 year old married man who lived in Newtownabbey.

He had two children and his wife was pregnant when Jackie was murdered.

Detective Chief Inspector Byrne from Legacy Investigation Branch said: “Jackie was socialising in the members’ bar on the upper floor of the stadium around 9.15pm when he was approached from behind by two gunmen, one of whom shot Jackie in the head from close range.

“He was shot again as he lay on the floor.

“The second gunman warned other customers not to move before firing into the ceiling to cover their getaway.

“I believe the gunmen made their escape in a gold coloured Seat Ibiza car, VRM NXI 7341 that was driven by a third accomplice.

“They made off towards Alexander Park Avenue before turning left onto Jellicoe Avenue.

“That car had been hijacked shortly before 8pm from Stratford Gardens in the Ardoyne area of the City and was located at Chichester Court off the Antrim Road by a local police patrol just before 11.30pm.

“This was a sickening attack on a family man who was out socialising with his wife and friends.

Murdered in cold blood for no other reason than being a Police Officer providing a service to the local community and local people of east Belfast where he had been stationed for 12 years.

“This is in stark contrast to the terrorists responsible for his brutal murder.

“Thirty years have now passed since Jackie was murdered and I am appealing for anyone who has any knowledge of what happened that night and who have not spoken to police previously to do so now.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the stadium that evening either before or after the murder; Did you see the gunmen before or after the attack? Do you know who these individuals were?

“Did you see them make their escape after the attack?  Did you see the gold coloured Seat Ibiza car in the vicinity of the stadium or being abandoned in Chichester Court?

“Anyone with information, no matter how small, can contact detectives in Legacy Investigation Branch on 101 or

“You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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