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'Calculated murder' Police release CCTV footage on anniversary of murder of Danny McClean in Belfast

The 54-year-old was shot as he sat in a car on the Cliftonville Road

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Danny McClean

Danny McClean

Danny McClean

The PSNI have released CCTV footage as part of an appeal into the murder of Danny McClean a year ago today in Belfast.

Mr McClean, aged 54, was shot a number of times at around 8pm on Friday, February 2, 2021, as he sat in the driver’s seat of a red Audi Q2, which was parked at a property on the Cliftonville Road.

He died at the scene.

Detective Inspector Rachel Switzer said: “The lone gunman had crossed from Clifton Crescent and fired a number of shots, at close range.

“Today I am releasing footage showing those responsible for Danny’s murder leaving the scene. I would ask people to view this footage at https://youtu.be/HWPrJKXrtk4.

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Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at  St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday.
Mr McClean (54) was shot multiple times as he sat in a parked car on the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast last week.
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Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Mr McClean (54) was shot multiple times as he sat in a parked car on the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast last week. Pic Pacemaker

Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Mr McClean (54) was shot multiple times as he sat in a parked car on the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast last week. Pic Pacemaker

“The CCTV footage shows the gunman, after the murder, running towards Clifton Crescent where he gets into a light-coloured saloon-type car. The car is then driven away, turning left onto the Cliftonville Road.

“This was a cold and calculated murder, which has left a family bereft. Danny’s daughters have recently highlighted the family’s ongoing sadness, understandably heightened during the first Christmas without their father.

“Whoever is responsible has no regard whatsoever for life, and that includes the lives of local people. This was carried out in a busy residential area, and at a time when members of the public, including children, could easily have been passing by. This violence has no place on our streets, and the people of north Belfast deserve better.”

DI Switzer said she strongly believes the answers to Mr McClean’s murder “lie within the community” and appealed for the public to “get in touch with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”

She added: “Were you walking or driving in the Cliftonville Road or Clifton Crescent area between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on February 2, 2021?

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"Did you see Danny McClean or a red Audi Q2 on the Cliftonville Road or adjoining streets that evening? Did you see the gunman, or a light-coloured saloon car in the area at that time?

“Please contact us on 101; or submit photos, videos or footage using our Major Incident Public Portal. The link is: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI21Q02-PO1.

"If you want to remain anonymous you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Crimestoppers guarantees 100% anonymity.”

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