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Appeal over cyclist seen near west Belfast shooting

By David Young

Published 04/11/2016

Murdered: Joe Reilly
Murdered: Joe Reilly

Police investigating the murder of west Belfast man Joe Reilly have appealed for information about a person spotted riding a bicycle.

Investigators believe that the bicycle was in the area immediately after Mr Reilly (43) was shot dead in his home in Glenwood Court on the evening of October 20.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "I am appealing to anyone who knows anything about someone on a push bike or saw a person on a bike in the Bell Steel Road area immediately after the shooting.

"This bike may have been in the Glenwood area. I need to speak to anyone who saw the bike, who was on it or where it went to.

"Our revisit to the scene last Thursday night was productive, but we need more assistance from the community if we are going to take the gun which killed Joe off the streets and put his killers in front of a court."

Mr Reilly was shot twice in the chest in his living room while two other people in the house were made to lie on the kitchen floor. Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene.

Last week, the PSNI revealed they were exploring the theory that Mr Reilly's murder was in some way linked to drugs and paramilitary activity.

At the time, DCI Montgomery said: "We are following a number of definite lines of inquiry as part of this investigation. We believe the murder may be linked to illegal drugs and it may have been carried out as some form of paramilitary-style shooting.

"It would be easy to decide not to help police. But I ask people to remember there is a handgun out there which may be used to inflict another death if it is not taken off the streets.

"There is also a family grieving for the loss of a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather and a partner. And there are killers at large who need to be made amenable for their actions."

Anyone with information can contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101 or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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