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Police receive second anonymous letter in relation to murder of prominent loyalist

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

George Gilmore
George Gilmore

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have appealed for information from the public after they received a second anonymous letter in relation to the murder of prominent loyalist George Gilmore.

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.

Police earlier this month said they had received an anonymous letter which contained information “vital” to the murder investigation.

They appealed for whoever had written the letter to come forward and contact police.

Today, the PSNI said it had returned to the area of the murder to speak to residents after police had received a second anonymous letter in relation to the killing.

“Police have received two anonymous letters recently which contain information vital to this murder investigation and other serious crime in the area,” said detective inspector Darren McCartney.

“My team and I spoke to people living in Castlemara today and delivered letters to houses in the area appealing for information and also for the authors of any of these anonymous correspondences to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible,” he said.

This is vital in order for detectives to look into this information and take this matter forward.

“I understand these people may have concerns, or may have been intimidated into not speaking with investigating officers, but I would like to reassure them that any information passed to police will be treated in the strictest confidence,” said McCartney.

People in Northern Ireland can call the dedicated phone line with information to speak directly to detectives investigating George Gilmore’s murder on 028 9025 9542.

Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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