Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Police reveal new lead in Bertie Acheson murder

Bertie Acheson, pictured with his wife Sheila, died of a heart attack after struggling with a burglar demanding money in April (PSNI/PA)

Police investigating the murder of a pensioner who died after confronting a burglar have revealed they are following a new lead.

Bertie Acheson (72) struggled with the intruder in his Coleraine home on April 30 after being woken by the sound of breaking glass.

Detectives said they now believe his killer came from 40 miles away in Antrim town.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, said: “I am not at liberty to disclose the exact nature of the new information which has become available to us but I can say that it is significant. It means we are now focusing our attention on the Antrim area because that is where we believe the killer is based.”

Police set up checkpoints in the Antrim area yesterday, with officers talking to motorists and distributing leaflets.

Mr Harrison said significant forensic examinations are continuing.

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