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Gerard 'Jock' Davison murder: Police plea with residents to engage with detectives

By John Porter

Police made a direct appeal to the residents of the Markets to "engage with detectives" investigating the brutal daylight execution of Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway urged anyone with information to pass it to police, or through the independent charity, Crimestoppers.

He said: "At 9am this morning a local man known as Jock Davison (47) was walking along Welsh Street in the Markets area Belfast when he was shot a number of times.

"Despite the efforts of local people and paramedics, Mr Davison tragically died at the scene.

"Mr Davison was a father, a grandfather, a brother and a son.

"He was a well-known man in the community, a high-profile community worker who devoted much of his time to the people living in the Markets.

"In fact when he was shot he was walking to his place of work - a local community centre."

He added: "We have detectives in the Markets area. In an effort to identify witnesses, they are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and I would appeal to the residents to engage with the detectives.

"Any information, no matter how trivial, can help.

Mr Galloway would not go into the specifics of the attack in the hope of people coming forward with information.

He said a number of witnesses had already been interviewed.

"This was a cold-blooded murder carried out in broad daylight in a residential area. It has no place in the new Northern Ireland."

He added: "It is the early stages of our investigation. We are working to establish a motive - it would be remiss of me to speculate.

"What I will say is that we do not believe this to be sectarian and I do not believe dissident republicans are involved."

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