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Police release new photo in Malcolm McKeown murder probe

The blue Volkswagen Passat being driven by a man in a baseball cap

A NEW image of a man suspected of involvement in the murder of Malcolm McKeown in Co Down has been released by police.

The 54-year-old, father-of-three was shot minutes after leaving a petrol station in Waringstown in August.

Following the murder, police said it was connected with a "long-standing feud between criminal groups in relation to drugs in the area."

Yesterday, they issued a photo of a man driving the blue Passat that is believed to have been involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “I now believe there were several people involved in his killing. In every murder there are people involved in different aspects of the crime including planning, targeting, supplying weapons, transporting the weapons away from the scene and the clean-up operation.

“I have released a photograph of a man who appears to be wearing a baseball cap, as he drives into Dewarts Garage shortly before the murder at around 7.19pm.

“The gunmen travelled in a dark blue VW Passat, registration RK62 PLX. It was first seen entering Dewarts Garage at 6.23pm. I believe the gunmen waited in it at the back of the filling station for around 56 minutes before shooting Mr McKeown.

"The car was later found burnt out on the Glenavon Lane in Lurgan at approximately 7.26pm."

Detectives are also interested in tracing a grey Volkswagen Golf S which was seen in the Greenhill Park area of Lurgan between 5pm and 7.30pm on the Monday evening, before driving on to Mourne Road.

Det Ins Montgomery said anyone phoning 101 with information will be guaranteed anonymity.

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