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Video: George Gilmore murder - Police appeal for information after 'ruthless attack'

Police investigating the murder of prominent Carrickfergus loyalist Geordie Gilmore have denied they are losing control of parts of the Co Antrim town to paramilitaries.

The 44-year-old was shot dead as he drove his car near his home in Pinewood Avenue in the Woodburn area of the town on Monday afternoon.

Today Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray - speaking at a Press appeal at Carrickfergus PSNI station - confirmed a link to the UDA in East Antrim was "a very strong line of inquiry."

He said a bullet fired by the gunmen had gone through the door of a nearby house and could easily have injured or even killed one of the occupants.

DCS Murray said police are "very determined" to tackle loyalist paramilitary-linked crime in the town.

He said recent searches had recovered weapons, ammunition, drugs, CS spray and a taser.

"In terms of retaliation, we have lived long enough in Northern Ireland to know the landscape we live in. Retaliation is a possibility but police are working hard to stop that from happening," said DCS Murray, who is Head of the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch.

He appealed for information about any vehicles seen in the Pinewood Avenue area from 1pm onwards on Monday and for anyone who saw the two gunmen, who are thought to have been wearing dark clothes and made their escape down an alleyway close to Pinewood Avenue.

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