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Joe Reilly murder: Police appeal over cyclist to contact detectives

Police investigating the death of Belfast man Joe Reilly have appealed to a cyclist who may have information to contact investigating officers.

Mr Reilly was mercilessly gunned down after killers burst into his Glenwood Court home in Poleglass on Thursday, October 20.

The 43-year-old was shot twice in the chest in the living room of his home, while two other people in the house were forced to lie on the kitchen floor.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene.

Illegal drugs and paramilitarism may have played a role in the murder, police believe.

On Thursday they made an appeal to a person on a bike to contact police.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “I am appealing to anyone who knows anything about someone on a push bike or saw a person on a bike in the Bell Steel Road area immediately after the shooting.

"This bike may have been in the Glenwood area. I need to speak to anyone who saw the bike, who was on it or where it went.

"Our revisit to the scene last Thursday night was productive but we need more assistance from the community if we are going to take the gun which killed Joe off the streets and put his killers in front of a court.”

Detectives have staged a reconstruction of the crime as officers wearing similar clothing to the two killers retraced their getaway route in the hope that people in the community will come forward with information.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery, said: "We are following a number of definite lines of enquiry as part of this investigation.

"We believe the murder may be linked to illegal drugs and that it may have been carried out as some form of paramilitary-style shooting."

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to contact detectives at Musgrave police station on the non-emergency number 101 or to phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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