Man arrested in probe into IRA gun spree

The PSNI have arrested a man in relation to a 1987 IRA double murder.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 30th March 2016, 1:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2016, 1:21 pm
PACEMAKER BELFAST                AUGUST 1987   COLLECT

D/CONSTABLE MICHAEL PHILIP MALONE (LEFT) AND D/CONSTABLE ERNEST STANLEY CARSON WHO WERE SHOT DEAD IN THE LIVERPOOL BAR IN BELFAST.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST AUGUST 1987 COLLECT D/CONSTABLE MICHAEL PHILIP MALONE (LEFT) AND D/CONSTABLE ERNEST STANLEY CARSON WHO WERE SHOT DEAD IN THE LIVERPOOL BAR IN BELFAST. 933/87/BW

Detective Constables Michael Malone, 35, and Ernest Carson, 50, were killed in a gun attack at the Liverpool Bar in Donegall Quay, near the River Lagan in Belfast, on August 26, 1987.

A civilian and another officer were wounded.

The PSNI said on Wednesday: “A 54-year-old man has been arrested in Belfast as part of enquiries into the murders of two police officers in the city 29 years ago.”

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PACEMAKER BELFAST AUGUST 1987 PF SCENE OF THE SHOOTING IN LIVERPOOL BAR IN THE DOCK AREA OF BELFAST WHERE TWO PLAIN CLOTHES POLICEMEN DIED AT THE HANDS OF GUNMEN. 945/87/BW

Detective Inspector Stuart Griffin from Serious Crime Branch said: “The suspect is being questioned at a police station in Belfast.

“Although these murders happened a long time ago, police would continue to appeal to anyone with information about the shooting and those involved to come forward.”

PACEMAKER BELFAST AUGUST 1987 PF SCENE OF THE SHOOTING IN LIVERPOOL BAR IN THE DOCK AREA OF BELFAST WHERE TWO PLAIN CLOTHES POLICEMEN DIED AT THE HANDS OF GUNMEN. 945/87/BW