Northern Ireland

Police launch new appeal in Simon Tang murder case

Image caption Simon Tang died after beaten and robbed in June 1996

Detectives investigating the murder of Chinese businessman Simon Tang in Carrickfergus in 1996 have said they are following new lines of inquiry.

Mr Tang, 28, who was married with two sons, was beaten and robbed as he left his takeaway business on 24 June 1996.

Police said they were making progress with the investigation but needed more help from the community.

They also want to hear from a woman who rang the Mater Hospital inquiring about the condition of a Chinese man.

"This was not a family member and police would appeal to this woman to contact them," a police spokesman said.

The attack was carried out by two youths who stole the night's takings and Mr Tang's watch.

To date, no one has been charged with the murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Crawford, said: "We are making progress, but we need people to tell us what they know about Simon's murder and who was involved.

"This was a racist attack on a decent man going about his lawful business. It robbed Simon Tang of his life and it deprived his family of the love and support they deserve.

"It is also casting a shadow over the entire community in Carrickfergus who want nothing to do with racism or criminality, but it is a shadow which can be lifted if people come forward and tell us what they know."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 028 90 700 727 or they can contact officers on a mobile number 07585 228283.

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