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Police appeal for information about Robbie Lawlor murder

Robbie Lawlor who was shot dead in Belfast

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Dublin crime boss Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne have appealed for information.

The 36-year-old was shot a number of times in the head in the front garden of the north Belfast property at around midday on Saturday.

Forensic officers remained at the scene of the shooting on Monday, as they continued to search the house in Etna Drive.

The drug dealer from Coolock in the Republic is thought to have been behind a number of recent murders and was believed to have ordered the abduction, torture and murder of 17-year-old Keane Mulready Woods in January.

The teenage gang member's body was dismembered and parts discovered at two separate locations in Dublin's Northside.

Lawlor had been involved in a gangland feud with another Dublin-based criminal.

Three men aged 33, 30 and 27, and a 17 year old boy, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 27 year old, from west Belfast but with an address in Crumlin, has since been released unconditionally.

The three other suspects remain in custody. Detectives will need to apply for an extension to hold them for a further period.

Two of the suspects are believed to be from Limerick who were thought to be acting with the assistance of Belfast-based criminals. Gardaí are helping the PSNI with the investigation into the killing.

Police have asked anyone with any information"to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 562 04/04/20, whilst anyone with CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage recorded in the area of Etna Drive and Kingston Court on Saturday is asked to upload it to Major Incident Public Portal, which can be accessed from any device with internet access on mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI20P04-PO1"

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