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Pictured: Police carry out raids in connection with murder of Ray Johnston

By Claire Williamson

Police have carried out raids of properties in Belfast in connection with the murder of Ray Johnston.

The 28-year-old was shot in the chest at his home in Glenbawn Avenue, Poleglass, at around 8pm on Tuesday February 13. The attack happened in front of his partner and 11-year-old child.

Officers carried out the planned searches on Saturday night under the Terrorism Act.

The first was in the Poleglass area of west Belfast and the second, in the New Lodge Road area, in the north of the city.

At both addresses, a number of items were taken away for further examination.

A PSNI spokeswoman said the searches were carried out in connection with the murder.

The spokeswoman said: "Police are continuing to appeal for information about the movements of Mr Johnston on the day of the murder and a dark-coloured car that was seen in the area around the time of the incident.

"Anyone with information that could help the investigation should contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1192 of 13/2/18 or ask to speak to detectives at the incident room in Musgrave.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

Last week police issued an appeal for anyone who witnessed a man wearing a blue coat with fur around the hood make off from the scene.

He got into a black car with tinted windows which drove away.

Police have said two gunmen were involved in the murder and that dissident republican activity is one of the lines of enquiry they are pursuing.

Detective chief inspector Geoff Boyce said last week: “This was particularly brutal.

“The gunmen were in the house for a very short time and did this in front of an 11-year-old child and his partner.”

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