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Colin Horner: Man charged with murder of loyalist in front of son (3) - further arrest released unconditionally

A man has been charged with the murder of loyalist Colin Horner in a busy supermarket car park as his three-year-old son looked on.

Mr Horner, 35, was shot dead by a lone gunman among crowds of shoppers outside the Sainsbury's superstore on the outskirts of Bangor, Co Down, on Sunday afternoon.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said that the 28-year-old man is also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life. He is due before Ards Magistrate Court at 10:30am on Friday, June 2.

Detectives arrested a 45-year-old man on Friday morning in the Newtownards area.

He was taken to Musgrave Police Station and and was released unconditionally on Friday evening.

It is understood Mr Horner, from Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, recently relocated to Bangor amid fears he would be targeted in the same loyalist paramilitary feud that claimed the life of his friend George Gilmore two months ago.

Loyalist Mr Gilmore, 44, was shot dead in Carrickfergus in March.

A 47-year-old man arrested by detectives in the Newtownards area on Wednesday in relation to the murder has been released unconditionally.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: "I would like to thank the public who have contacted police with vital information in connection with this brutal and senseless killing and I would continue to appeal to people for their help as we carry out our investigations. I would ask anyone who has captured any footage at the scene either on devices or on dashcams to please get in touch.

"I would also like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle Colin Horner was driving when he left his partner's home in the Balloo Road area of Bangor around 2.00pm. It was a black Nissan Pulsar car, registration XFZ 4706 and it arrived in the Sainsbury's car park around 2.30pm. I am keen to trace his movements during that 30 minute period.

"I would also like to know more about the movements of a red Ford Mondeo car, bearing false registration plate GKZ 7996, which was seen speeding away from the scene around 2.50pm just after Mr Horner was shot. It was later found burnt out at Kerrs Road, in the Six Road Ends area of Bangor, close to a local equestrian centre."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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