29/02/2016

Stephen Carson Murder: Three Arrested

Detectives have arrested three men in connection with the murder of Stephen Carson.

Mr Carson, 28, was shot at his home in south Belfast at around 10.45pm on Thursday.

The suspects, aged 32, 37 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

The men were arrested following searches in west Belfast on Friday.

A firearm was also recovered and has been sent for forensic tests.

SDLP South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna condemned the murder.
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She said: "I've been to the scene on Walmer Street this morning where an entire community is absolutely in shock. This is a well-integrated area with families, young workers and new communities all living together in peace.

"It's extremely worrying that someone who would seek to hurt others like this has access to guns and is willing to commit such a violent act. I have no doubt that people in the area will cooperate with the police as they investigate what happened and attempt to catch the callous criminal responsible.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family and friends at this tragic time. This is a good community though and I know they'll support them through this very difficult period."

(CD)

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