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Fresh appeal for information in relation to murder of Co Down pensioner

A fresh appeal for information has been made in relation to the murder of Mike Kerr. The 68-year-old was found in his home at Birch Drive in Bangor in November 2019
Marie Louise McConville

THE family of a former TV announcer murdered in his home are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

Mike Kerr (68) was found dead at his home at Birch Drive in Bangor in November 2019.

He had suffered skull and facial fractures.

Police believe he was murdered between 2pm on Sunday November 17, 2019, when he was last seen, and the morning of Monday, November 18, 2019 when he failed to leave the house according to his normal routine.

As today would have been Mr Kerr's birthday, his family have renewed their appeal for information.

Both they and Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information the charity exclusively receives that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Shaw, said: "This should have been a time for family celebrations, a time of great joy for Mike and his family.

"However the stark reality is the only place his family can visit Mike on his birthday is at his graveside," she said.

Ms Shaw said she believes the "answers to Mike’s murder lie within the community and I am appealing for the public's help".

"Mike’s killers would have had bloodstained clothes and you may have noticed someone you know acting strangely," she said.

"I am appealing to the public to help us remove whoever murdered Mike from their community by bringing any information they have to either the police or to Crimestoppers."

The police last night released CCTV footage of two people seen walking along Birch Drive at around 4.41am on Monday, November 18, 2019.

Ms Shaw said she believed they may be able to assist her with the investigation.

"These two people may have seen something important or may have information that could help me with my enquiries," she said.

"I would ask for these two people or anyone who knows who they are to contact police."

In a statement, Mr Kerr's family asked anyone with information to "look into their hearts and their consciences and do the right thing - come forward to police".

"Whoever cruelly and brutally took Mike's life didn't give it a second thought. They didn't care about the terror and pain they inflicted on Mike in the final moments of his life."

The family asked for help which could help "end this nightmare".

"Those who knew who killed Mike, and there is somebody out there who does, we ask you to think about how you would feel if it had been your husband or brother uncle.

"Wouldn't you want the killer to be brought to justice?

"So please, if you have any information at all, no matter how small it may seem, come forward to the police or phone Crimestoppers."

Crimestoppers can be contacted online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.

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