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John Boreland murder: PSNI return to scene one week after loyalist was killed

Published 14/08/2016

Police have returned to the scene where prominent loyalist John 'Bronzer' Boreland was murdered in a renewed attempt to find his killers.

Officers went to Sunningdale Gardens in north Belfast on Sunday exactly one week after the 46-year-old was gunned down to carry out house to house enquiries.

They also stopped cars in the area and spoke to motorists and pedestrians.

It has been revealed that the shotgun used in the murder has not yet been found.

And that one of the cars that detectives had earlier issued an appeal about was found partially burnt out in at the entrance to the old quarry on Wheelers Road, Lisburn.

The discovery of the silver Renault Megane was made on Tuesday.

It is being forensically examined as part of the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, from Serious Crime Branch, said: “We believe the silver Megane travelled along Sunningdale Gardens towards Ballysillan Road. We are appealing to anyone who saw this silver car last Sunday night and between last Sunday and Tuesday when it was recovered partially burnt out.

“We also want to hear from anyone who saw the car over recent days and weeks – who was in it, where it was being driven or parked. This is a key line of enquiry at this stage in the investigation.

“The registration number is GJZ 4870 and we have issued two photographs of a similar vehicle to assist in our appeal.”

Detectives are still interested in the movements of a black Peugot 307 car which was travelling along Sunningdale Gardens in the direction of Sunningdale Park.

“We want to speak to anyone who may have seen this car in the Ballysillan area of Belfast and are very keen to trace the driver of this vehicle so they can be eliminated from the enquiry," added DCI Galloway.

“We have made one arrest and conducted a number of searches of properties and locations. Regrettably, the shotgun used in the murder has not been recovered.

“Police are following a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this murder. Tensions within loyalist paramilitarism and criminality remain active lines of enquiry but they are not the only ones."

In an appeal for information about Mr Boreland's movements, he said that the victim was in a bar on the Oldpark Road shortly before he was shot.


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