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Police examine interface cameras in hunt for Ian Ogle killers

Forensic officers carry out a finger tip search of the murder scene in east Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann

POLICE in Belfast were last night examining interface security camera footage that may have captured images of the gang responsible for the brutal attack on Ian Ogle.

The 45-year-old was killed close to his Cluan Place home off the Albertbridge Road at around 9pm on Sunday.

Mr Ogle was well known in the area and had acted as a spokesperson for the loyalist community living at the Cluan Place interface.

He was also involved in negotiations around a controversial bonfire in the area and was a member of the Ulster People's Forum, set up during the 2012 loyalist flag protests.

In 2014 he was sentenced to three months in prison after being captured on police footage as part of a group involved in disturbances during a July parade.

Sunday night's attack, thought to involve at least five men, is being linked to a dispute between Mr Ogle and at least one of the loyalists involved.

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UVF says east Belfast murder of Ian Ogle was not 'in the name of loyalism or the UVF'

Forensic officers at the scene of the murder of Ian Ogle in east Belfast. Picture Mal McCann.

In a statement to The Irish News using a recognised codeword, the UVF said it "wholeheartedly condemned" the actions of those responsible and was "still seeking answers as who carried out this attack"

It added: "Whoever did it did not do it in the name of loyalism or the UVF.

"Actions of this sort undermine the positive transformation which is taking place with the organisation and we distance ourselves from the appalling act on a popular member of our local community.

"We send heartfelt condolences to the wider family circle".

Murder victim Ian Ogle pictured at an Ulster People's Forum meeting in 2013. Picture by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker

Forensic officers carried out finger-tip searches throughout the area yesterday. Searches of the nearby Bridge Community Garden were also carried out, with specialist equipment used to churn up soil in a hunt for evidence.

UUP councillor Sonia Copeland, who knew Mr Ogle, said she was "shocked to learn of the murder".

"I have known him for a number of years from involvement in work in and around Cluan Place and I know just how highly regarded he was by his local community and indeed much further afield," she said.

"I am shocked that anyone should be attacked in this manner, and I urge anyone who can help the police to catch those responsible to come forward immediately and help them take these dangerous individuals off the streets before another innocent family is put through this type of dreadful ordeal."

DUP councillor George Dorrian, who also knew the victim, said he had been told the man was beaten by a group of people in a "barbaric attack".

PUP councillor Dr John Kyle said: "Ian has served his local community for years. He will be sadly missed by many."

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson, also condemned the killing, while the grand secretary of Orange Order, Rev Mervyn Gibson, visited the Mr Ogle's family and said they were "devastated" by the murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna appealed for anyone who was in the area of Cluan Place, Albertbridge Road or Templemore Avenue between 9pm and 9.45pm on Sunday to contact police.

"I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been in any of these areas and have dashcam footage to contact us," he added.

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