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Man arrested after Belfast school gate murder

Jim Donegan was shot dead in west Belfast in December
Michael McHugh, Press Association

A 52-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a father outside a school in Belfast.

Jim Donegan, 43, was shot as he waited to collect his 13-year-old son from St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School in west Belfast in December.

The suspect was detained on suspicion of murder, police said, following the search of a property in the Dunmurry area of West Belfast on Friday.

Items were seized and taken away for examination.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: "Forty-three-year-old Jim was brutally murdered as he sat in his car outside a school on the Glen Road in west Belfast on 4 December 2018.

"I would continue to urge anyone who has any information, or who witnessed the murder, to contact the police on 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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