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Two charged with murder of top loyalist

By David Young

Two men were expected to appear in court today charged with the murder of Carrickfergus loyalist George 'Geordie' Gilmore.

The pair - aged 28 and 35 - have been charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm or ammunition with intent to endanger life or property.

Former UDA leader Gilmore died after being shot in broad daylight on Monday as part of a loyalist feud in the Co Antrim town.

The 44-year-old, who died in hospital on Tuesday, was in his car when he was hit in the neck, torso and leg after several shots were fired at him.

Police launched a murder investigation after he lost his fight for life on Tuesday.

The attack the day before occurred around 2.15pm in Pinewood Avenue on the Woodburn estate.

Appealing for calm after Gilmore's death, Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said a link to the south east Antrim faction of the UDA was a "very strong line of enquiry" in the murder investigation

He revealed that at least one of the bullets that was fired missed and went through the front door of a house.

"We are appealing to try and bring the behaviour to a close and to try and solve the murder," he said.

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