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Specific police appeal for vehicle involved in murder of Co Armagh father-of-two

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Police have issued a specific appeal for a vehicle they belive was used in the murder of a Co Armagh father-of-two.

Thirty-three-year-old Brian Phelan, from Bessbrook, died yesterday after he was stabbed in the Carrivekenney Road area of Newry.

A 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder and remains in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “Shortly after 3pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday) police received a report that a man had sustained stab wounds following an incident on Carrivekeeney Road.

Read more: Father-of-two stabbed to death in Co Armagh named locally

“Police and other emergency services attended but the man unfortunately died at the scene.

“A postmortem will take place in due course to determine the cause of death.

“A 27-year-old man was arrested in the Newry area a short time later and remains in custody at this time.

“I am making a specific appeal for the public’s assistance in locating a blue coloured Peugeot 206, registration SX53 BYW, that we believe was involved in the murder.

“I believe this car is somewhere in the Newry area and I am appealing for anyone who sees the car not to touch it but to contact police immediately.

“I would also appeal to anyone who was in the area of Carrivekeeney Road or the general Newry area who has any dash-cam or mobile phone footage of the Peugeot car to get in touch with us.

“Anyone with any information that can assist us with our enquiries can contact detectives in Newry on 101 quoting reference 845 26/07/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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