Two arrests in McIlhagga murder case

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey speaks to the media at the scene of the murder in Ballymoney. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey speaks to the media at the scene of the murder in Ballymoney. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Brian McIlhagga.

Mr. McIlhagga, 42, was attacked by a gang outside a house at Riverview Park just before 22:30 GMT on Monday.

Two men, aged 22 and 46, were arrested in Ballymoney on Thursday.

Police investigating the killing have carried out searches at a number of properties in the town and at a river near where Mr McIlhagga was shot.

Detectives have renewed their appeal for information.

“Despite these arrests I want to again appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything in the Riverview Park area between 10pm and 11pm on Monday night to contact police,” said Det Ch Insp Michael Harvey.

“I want to hear from anyone who saw men or vehicles moving in and around the area.”