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PSNI appeal to those who may have seen car in Boreland murder investigation

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
PSNI appeal to those who may have seen car in Boreland murder investigation
PSNI appeal to those who may have seen car in Boreland murder investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of prominent loyalist John Boreland in north Belfast last Sunday night have appealed to anyone who may have seen a silver Renault Megane in the area at the time of the shooting.

The vehicle, registration number GJZ 4870, was found partially burned-out on Tuesday morning at around 9.30am near a quarry on Wheelers Road, Lisburn, and is currently undergoing forensic investigations.

Police have also appealed to those who may have seen a black Peugeot 307 in the area at the time.  

This evening officers in the Sunningdale Gardens area, where Mr Boreland was murdered, made house-to-house calls as they continued their investigation into the murder. They also spoke with pedestrians and stopped motorists.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, from Serious Crime Branch, said: “We believe the silver Megane travelled along Sunningdale Gardens towards Ballysillan Road. We are appealing to anyone who saw this silver car last Sunday night and between last Sunday and Tuesday when it was recovered partially burnt out.

“We also want to hear from anyone who saw the car over recent days and weeks – who was in it, where it was being driven or parked. This is a key line of enquiry at this stage in the investigation.

“The registration number is GJZ 4870 and we have issued two photographs of a similar vehicle to assist in our appeal”

He added: “We are also still interested in the movements of a black Peugeot 307 car which was travelling along Sunningdale Gardens in the direction of Sunningdale Park.

“We want to speak to anyone who may have seen this car in the Ballysillan area and are very keen to trace the driver of this vehicle so they can be eliminated from the enquiry.

“We are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the Sunningdale Gardens area around 9.50pm last Sunday who saw or heard the shooting or anything suspicious.

“We have made one arrest and conducted a number of searches of properties and locations. Regrettably, the shotgun used in the murder has not been recovered.

“Police are following a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this murder. Tensions within loyalist paramilitarism and criminality remain active lines of enquiry but they are not the only ones.

“It is important that people with information about what happened last Sunday night or who have information about Mr Boreland come forward and give that information to police.

“Detectives also want to talk to anyone who can assist with completing a picture of Mr Boreland’s movements in the 24 hours leading up to his death. We know he was in a bar on the Oldpark Road until shortly before he was shot. We want to talk to anyone who was in his company there or saw or spoke to him after he left.”