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Woman arrested and police call for calm after 'reckless' murder of prominent loyalist

George Gilmore was gunned down in Carrickfergus on Monday.

A WOMAN HAS been arrested in connection with the murder of a prominent loyalist in Co Antrim.

George Gilmore was gunned down when driving his car in a residential part of Carrickfergus on Monday last.

The broad daylight attack saw a number of shots fired at Gilmore’s car at about 2.15pm with the victim rushed to a local hospital where he later died.

Two men, aged 28 and 35, have already been charged in connection with the murder and the PSNI have said that a 32-year-old woman has now been arrested.

The woman was arrested in Carrickfergus and is now being held in the serious crime suite of Musgrave Police Station.

After Gilmore’s murder, police said they were following definite lines of enquiry and appealed for calm within the community.

“Local police, supported by our specialist colleagues, will continue to maintain a presence in the area to provide reassurance to residents and mitigate any tension,” said the PSNI’s district commander Darrin Jones.

We all have a part to play to ensure that the community in Carrickfergus has the time and space to come to terms with what has happened here and to ensure that those responsible for this murder are brought to justice.

Anyone who may have seen Gilmore’s white Vauxhall Insignia around the time of his murder or who has any information on the shooting is being asked to come forward.

Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing

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