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Police in appeal over murdered officer Stephen Carroll a year on

By Claire Weir

People in Craigavon may hold the key to convicting the killers of Stephen Carroll, according to a senior policeman on the first anniversary of the PSNI constable’s death.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness of the PSNI’s serious crime branch has made an appeal for information one year after the shooting of the 48-year-old by the Continuity IRA as he attended a call in the town.

“The investigation into the murder of Const Stephen Carroll continues one year on,” said Mr Harkness.

“Three people have been charged in connection with this case and the investigation team is grateful for the assistance received from the public.

“I believe that there are a number of people in the Craigavon area who saw what happened to Stephen, and saw who killed him. These people have yet to come forward and talk to police.

“These witnesses may have information that could be of great help to our inquiries.”

He added: “The night he was murdered, Stephen had driven his colleagues to Lismore Manor in response to a call for help from a member of the community.

“This should have been a routine call, but a gunman was lying in wait for a police patrol and fired at Stephen and his colleagues. Stephen was killed.

“His family still struggles to come to terms with losing him in such a violent and pointless way.”

Anyone who was in the area of Lismore Manor, Craigavon, between 9pm and 10pm on March 9, 2009, or anyone with information on Const Carroll’s murder, is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

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