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Women arrested in Carrickfergus over Simon Tang murder

Simon Tang with his wife and two sons
Image caption Father of two Simon Tang died after being beaten and robbed in June 1996

Police investigating the murder of Simon Tang in Carrickfergus nearly 16 years ago have arrested two women.

The suspects, aged 33 and 34, were arrested in Carrickfergus on Wednesday morning.

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

It is thought that two youths attacked him and stole less than £400 and his watch.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Mr Tang's murder was featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme on 20 March. No-one has been charged with his murder.

In January, police said they were following new lines of inquiry and appealed for more help from the community.

They said they would like to speak to two men who were seen walking up Ellis Street towards the Good Future takeaway restaurant at about midnight on 24 June 1996.

Police were also keen to speak to a woman who contacted the Mater Hospital on the night of the murder asking about the condition of the "Chinese man" who had been assaulted.

Mr Tang was an Oxford University graduate, but instead of pursuing a career in architecture he took over the family business.

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