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Appeal over letter on Geordie Gilmore killing with 'vital details'

By Allan Preston

Detectives have appealed to the author of an anonymous letter containing "vital information" on the murder of the high-profile loyalist Geordie Gilmore to come forward.

The 44-year-old father was shot in the neck while driving in the residential Pinewood area of Carrickfergus on March 13, later dying in hospital from his injuries.

Detective Inspector Darren McCartney, from the PSNI's serious crime branch, said: "Police have 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."

He continued: "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.

"Please phone 101, quoting reference number 605, March 13, 2017 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."

A former South East Antrim UDA commander, it's believed Mr Gilmore was killed as part of a loyalist feud in Carrickfergus.

Following Mr Gilmore's death, his friend Colin Horner (35) was shot in a supermarket car park in Bangor in front of his three-year-old son by suspected UDA gunmen.

Police have said they believe the two killings may be linked.

Speaking previously to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Horner's mother said her son had been trying to turn his life around for his family and that he attended Geordie Gilmore's funeral, carrying his coffin, because of his friendship with him.

The investigations into both killings continue.

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