Geordie Gilmore dies after gun attack

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man shot in a gun attack in Carrickfergus has died.

The victim had been named locally as Geordie Gilmore.

He was blasted as he sat in a car in the Pinewood Avenue area of Carrick at around 2.15pm yesterday.

The gunman is believed to have fled the scene on foot.

He had been a well-known figure in the Co Antrim town and his murder has sparked fears of a bloody feud erupting.

Police have confirmed they have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 44-year-old man who was shot in Carrickfergus yesterday afternoon.

Geordie Gilmore

Geordie Gilmore

Head of Serious Crime Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said: “Our thoughts are with the Gilmore family at this time as they come to terms with their loss.

“We are still at an early stage of the investigation, which is now a murder investigation, and while we have definite lines of enquiry I would appeal to local people to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack in broad daylight.

“Those involved had no consideration for the local community when they carried out their attack in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts.

“I would urge anyone with information or who believes they can assist the investigation in any way to please come forward. You can call police on 101 or if you would prefer to provide you information anonymously you can by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

The scene of the shooting

The scene of the shooting

Local UUP Assemblymen for East Antrim, Roy Beggs and John Stewart, have condemned the murder of a man in Carrickfergus.

Roy Beggs MLA said: “The murder of George Gilmore and the attempted murder which preceded it must be condemned without reservation. These vicious attacks are shocking reminders that there are still people in our society who are prepared to use extreme violence to exert control in parts of the community.

“The events in and around Carrickfergus over the past few days have been horrendous. Action needs to be taken to bring a degree of security to the entire community. I support a strong security response by the PSNI to ensure guns are found and removed, so that no one else is caught up in the cross fire of a bloody feud which has gone on for far too long.”

John Stewart MLA said: “The events of the last 48 hours are truly shocking. Guns on the street and extreme violence being used is something which demands a strong and resolute response – not just from the police, but by the wider community. The vast majority of the people of Carrickfergus are sickened by the continued existence and activities of those who describe themselves as loyalist paramilitaries. The worry is that innocent people could be harmed if this feud continues to escalate.

PSNI officers carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting yesterday

PSNI officers carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting yesterday

“I would plead for everyone to turn their backs once and for all on paramilitaries of whatever type and faction. The only way to end the violence is to give unqualified support and assistance to the legitimate forces of law and order – the PSNI.”

PSNI carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting

PSNI carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting


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Stone throwing yobs at train halt ‘risked causing derailment’



Appeal: Roy Beggs

Vandals who threw stones onto a railway platform in Carrickfergus could have derailed a train, the PSNI have said.

Police say that stones were removed from the walls around Clipperstown Halt and thrown down steps on to the station platform sometime between the evening of Saturday, March 18 and early on Sunday, March 19.

They are now appealing for information following a report of suspicious activity on the railway tracks.

Sergeant Emma Spence warned that those involved were putting lives at risk.

“This is such a potentially dangerous and foolhardy activity and those involved are putting their lives and the lives of other rail users at risk,” she said.

“If one of the stones had fallen onto the track, there is a possibility it could have derailed a train.

“The last thing any of us wants to see is a tragedy on our railways.”

Translink inspector Colin Scott added: “Translink and NI Railways view trespass and vandalism extremely seriously, especially when it has the potential to endanger life, and we will work with the PSNI to pursue those responsible with a view to securing a conviction.”

UUP MLA Roy Beggs revealed that concerned locals had already organised a public meeting to discuss anti-social behaviour before the latest incident occurred.

“Sunnylands and Woodburn Community Development Group have organised a public meeting this Thursday evening to discuss anti-social behaviour in the town,” he said.

“This is a clear act of criminality which could have had very serious consequences.

“If a train was to strike these stones on the track it could potentially result in derailment, with likely injury to Translink staff and passengers.

“It could potentially also result in disruption to rail services on the Larne line, and impact on the many thousands of commuters who use the service

“I would urge the public to assist the police and Translink with information to identify those responsible.”

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity or who has any information to contact them at Carrickfergus station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 246 20/03/17.

Alternatively, to provide information without giving your details, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Carrickfergus shooting victim Geordie Gilmore dies – police launch murder probe



Gun victim Geordie Gilmore

The son of Carrickfergus shooting victim Geordie Gilmore has branded those behind his father’s murder as “cowards”.

Mr Gilmore was shot in the neck as he sat in a car in the Pinewood Avenue area of the Co Antrim town on Monday at around 2.15pm. The 44-year-old is believed to have been involved in a loyalist feud in the town.

Geordie Gilmore’s son in online tribute following his father’s murder.

He was rushed to hospital in a serious condition and put into intensive care, he later passed away.

The gunman is thought to have made off on foot from the scene. On Tuesday police launched a murder investigation describing the killing as a ruthless attack in broad daylight.

On Sunday night, the former UDA ‘commander’ taunted paramilitaries. He posted on Facebook: “The day of the UDA putting people out of Carrick are over.”

Following his death, son George Junior said in a Facebook post: “RIP dad you’ll never be forgot love you always…. murdered by cowards.”

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Loyalist Gilmore shot in the neck for standing up to drug-dealing UDA thugs of Carrickfergus


Carrickfergus gun attack: Tensions high as locals fear escalation of feud

Head of Serious Crime Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said: “Our thoughts are with the Gilmore family at this time as they come to terms with their loss.

“We are still at an early stage of the investigation, which is now a murder investigation, and while we have definite lines of enquiry I would appeal to local people to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack in broad daylight.

“Those involved had no consideration for the local community when they carried out their attack in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts.

“I would urge anyone with information or who believes they can assist the investigation in any way to please come forward. You can call police on 101 or if you would prefer to provide you information anonymously you can by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

A dispute between loyalist factions in the town has been ongoing for months. On Monday three men appeared in court charged over the attempted murder of a pub doorman in the town over the weekend.

UUP Roy Beggs MLA said: “The murder of George Gilmore and the attempted murder which preceded it must be condemned without reservation.  These vicious attacks are shocking reminders that there are still people in our society who are prepared to use extreme violence to exert control in parts of the community.

“The events in and around Carrickfergus over the past few days have been horrendous.  Action needs to be taken to bring a degree of security to the entire community.  I support a strong security response by the PSNI to ensure guns are found and removed, so that no one else is caught up in the cross fire of a bloody feud which has gone on for far too long.”

Officers from the SFO unit storm a house in the Woodburn area following a shooting in the area on March 13th 2017 (Photo – Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Officers from the SFO unit storm a house in the Woodburn area following a shooting in the area on March 13th 2017 (Photo – Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Officers from the SFO unit storm a house in the Woodburn area following a shooting in the area on March 13th 2017 (Photo – Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Police at the scene of the Pinewood Avenue shooting in Carrickfergus. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Police at the scene of the shooting. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Police at the scene of the shooting. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Officers from the SFO unit storm a house in the Woodburn area following a shooting in the area on March 13th 2017 (Photo – Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Officers from the SFO unit storm a house in the Woodburn area following a shooting in the area on March 13th 2017 (Photo – Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Officers from the SFO unit storm a house in the Woodburn area following a shooting in the area on March 13th 2017 (Photo – Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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PSNI launch murder investigation after shooting victim Geordie Gilmore dies

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man shot in a gun attack in Carrickfergus has died.

The victim had been named locally as Geordie Gilmore.

He was blasted as he sat in a car in the Pinewood Avenue area of Carrick at around 2.15pm yesterday.

The gunman is believed to have fled the scene on foot.

He had been a well-known figure in the Co Antrim town and his murder has sparked fears of a bloody feud erupting.

Police have confirmed they have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 44-year-old man who was shot in Carrickfergus yesterday afternoon.

Geordie Gilmore

Geordie Gilmore

Head of Serious Crime Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said: “Our thoughts are with the Gilmore family at this time as they come to terms with their loss.

“We are still at an early stage of the investigation, which is now a murder investigation, and while we have definite lines of enquiry I would appeal to local people to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack in broad daylight.

“Those involved had no consideration for the local community when they carried out their attack in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts.

“I would urge anyone with information or who believes they can assist the investigation in any way to please come forward. You can call police on 101 or if you would prefer to provide you information anonymously you can by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

The scene of the shooting

The scene of the shooting

Local UUP Assemblymen for East Antrim, Roy Beggs and John Stewart, have condemned the murder of a man in Carrickfergus.

Roy Beggs MLA said: “The murder of George Gilmore and the attempted murder which preceded it must be condemned without reservation. These vicious attacks are shocking reminders that there are still people in our society who are prepared to use extreme violence to exert control in parts of the community.

“The events in and around Carrickfergus over the past few days have been horrendous. Action needs to be taken to bring a degree of security to the entire community. I support a strong security response by the PSNI to ensure guns are found and removed, so that no one else is caught up in the cross fire of a bloody feud which has gone on for far too long.”

John Stewart MLA said: “The events of the last 48 hours are truly shocking. Guns on the street and extreme violence being used is something which demands a strong and resolute response – not just from the police, but by the wider community. The vast majority of the people of Carrickfergus are sickened by the continued existence and activities of those who describe themselves as loyalist paramilitaries. The worry is that innocent people could be harmed if this feud continues to escalate.

PSNI officers carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting yesterday

PSNI officers carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting yesterday

“I would plead for everyone to turn their backs once and for all on paramilitaries of whatever type and faction. The only way to end the violence is to give unqualified support and assistance to the legitimate forces of law and order – the PSNI.”

PSNI carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting

PSNI carry out armed raid after Carrickfergus shooting


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East Antrim MLA extends invite for ‘Workshy William’ to visit Carrickfergus

The Duke of Cambridge has found himself on thin ice after it emerged he skipped a major Commonwealth Day event to go on a ski trip.

The Prince found himself branded ‘Workshy William’ and ‘Throne Idle’ after it was revealed he had been partying on a ‘lads only’ trip in the Swiss resort of Verbier while his wife Kate stayed at home with their children, and just hours before fellow Royals attended a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

Pictures of Prince William high-fiving Australian model Sophie Taylor made front page news while videos of him ‘dad dancing’ in a night club also went viral online.

According to listings in the Court Circular, this year Prince William has performed just 13 royal duties compared to 24 by his 90-year-old grandmother, The Queen, who was sick for most of January.

The UUP’s Roy Beggs said he would prefer it if Prince William had been playing a role in marking Commonwealth Day, but reminded people of the Duke of Cambridge’s other commitments as a pilot for East Anglia Air Ambulance.

He said: “We have to be aware that he is attempting to hold down a full time job and is a father of two young children. As a result he might not be able to carry out as many public engagements as he’d otherwise be able to.”

One of William and Kate’s official titles is Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus though they did not pay the town a visit on either of their two previous trips to Northern Ireland.

The East Antrim MLA said although the current situation in Carrick was not conducive to a Royal visit, he would hope William, Kate and their children could make it there soon.

Meanwhile at Stormont, due to the short timescale after the election, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association were unable to host a commemorative event this year.


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