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Determined detective's work will never be forgotten

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Published 27/08/2014

Jimmy Nesbitt, who has died, will always be remembered as the detective who brought the notorious Shankill Butchers gang to justice. It may have taken a lucky break to crack the case – one intended victim survived and was able to identify some of the terrorists – but Nesbitt and his team had invested a huge effort in the hunt.

His patch, taking in the Shankill and Ardoyne areas, was one of the most violent sectarian interfaces of the Troubles, but he showed his prowess by solving 250 of the 311 killings which took place there during the 1970s and 1980s. His record number of commendations show the value that his peers and society in general placed on his work, which brought some of the Troubles' most violent terrorists to justice.

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