Northern Ireland

Kevin Kearney murder: Police appeal about bike

Police said the Vortex Scorpion bike may have been used in the shooting
Image caption Police said the Vortex Scorpion bike may have been used in the shooting

A BMX bike may have been used by someone involved in the murder of a father of four in north Belfast last month, the police have said.

Kevin Kearney, 46, was found dead in a lake in Alexandra Park, off the Antrim Road, on 9 October.

He had been shot dead the previous day. Dissident republicans said they killed Mr Kearney.

Detectives have appealed for information about a Vortex Scorpion bike.

Police said it was one of a number of lines of inquiry being examined.

The officer leading the investigation, Det Ch Insp Justyn Galloway, said officers still needed help on "specific points".

"We believe the Vortex Scorpion bike may have been used by someone involved in the shooting," he said.

Police have conducted fresh house-to-house inquiries in the area.

Detectives have previously said a drugs motive was one line of inquiry.

Following the murder, the Irish News said it received a statement from a dissident republican group calling itself "the IRA" that claimed it killed Mr Kearney.

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