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Man arrested over murder of Belfast barman shot dead almost 40 years ago

A man has been arrested over the murder of a barman in Belfast almost 40 years ago.

Alec Jamison (47) was found shot dead in a derelict house at Argyle Street in the Shankill area on March 5, 1976.

He had been reported missing a week earlier by his family. The case has been re-opened by police from Serious Crime Branch following new information coming to light.

A 61-year-old was arrested in Crumlin on Tuesday morning and remains in police custody.

The PSNI officer leading the investigation, detective chief inspector Justyn Galloway said:

"Alec Jamison was well-known in the Shankill area as a barman. He had worked in the old Salisbury Bar on the Shankill Road and that is the last place he was seen alive.

"He was in the bar on Saturday, February 28, 1976 and was in the company of a group of men. A week later his body was found with gunshot wounds in a derelict house at Argyle Street.

"I am aware that Alec was involved with the UDA and that he may have been in dispute with or fallen foul of some of its members. This is one line of enquiry which we will pursue."

He appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

"If you know anything about what happened or who was involved, please talk to police. The number to call is 07717 473543 or email MIT3@psni.pnn.police.uk."

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