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Police want to know who wrote them anonymous letter with 'vital information' on murder of prominent loyalist

44-year-old George Gilmore was gunned down in broad daylight in Carrickfergus in March.

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POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have appealed for someone who wrote to them a letter containing what they describe as ‘vital’ information concerning a murder to come forward.

Prominent loyalist George Gilmore, the former head of the south east Antrim UDA, was gunned down in broad daylight in March while driving his car in a residential part of Carrickfergus in the same county.

44-year-old Gilmore was a close friend of fellow loyalist murder victim Colin Horner, who was murdered last month in Co Down.

Two men, aged 35 and 28, have since been charged with Gilmore’s murder.

The PSNI ‘s Darren McCartney said that the force had recently “received an anonymous letter which contains information vital to this murder investigation and other serious crime in the area”.

“I’d like to thank whoever wrote it and ask them to contact police as soon as possible as there are a few questions we need to ask in order to follow up these vital leads,” McCartney said.

I understand the author may feel fearful of contacting police but I would like to reassure them that anything they tell us will be treated in the utmost confidence.

The letter writer has been asked to phone 101 and quote reference number 605 15/03/17 and ask for detectives in Seapark investigating George Gilmore’s murder.

“There are a number of options available to anyone who can provide us with information and how it is used,” McCartney said.

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