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Man held over 1976 barman murder

A 61-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a barman almost 40 years ago.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it was acting on new information about the shooting of Alec Jamison in March 1976.

The 47-year-old father of eight was found dead at a derelict house at Argyle Street in the Shankill area of Belfast a week after he had been reported missing.

The suspect was detained in Crumlin, Co Antrim, this morning and was taken to the PSNI's serious crime suite at Antrim for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, who is leading the investigation, said Mr Jamison may have been killed after a disagreement with loyalists.

He said: "I am aware that Alec was involved with the UDA (Ulster Defence Association) and that he may have been in dispute with or fallen foul of some of its members

"This is one line of inquiry which we will pursue."

Alec Jamison was well known in the Shankill area. He was last seen alive in old Salisbury Bar on the Shankill Road where he had worked.

Mr Galloway added: "I appreciate this happened a long time ago but I believe there are still people in the area who will remember Alec and may have information about what happened to him.

"I am appealing to anyone who saw Alec between the time he was in the Salisbury Bar on Saturday, February 28 with a group of men and when his body was discovered in Argyle Street on Friday, March 5 to contact police.

"New information has been made available to us. I believe there are people in the community with more information which could help us progress our inquiries further. Despite the passage of time, we will act on any information given to us."

Police have released a new photograph of Mr Jamison in an attempt to jog people's memories.

Mr Galloway said: "I would ask people in the Shankill area to look at Alec's photo and remember a man who worked in local bars providing a service but who ended up being ruthlessly murdered, leaving eight children without a father."

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