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Fresh appeal for information on murder of Jake Bailey-Sloan as police and family revisit scene

'His family and friends are grieving and deserve to know what happened'

Jake Bailey-Sloan

A fresh appeal has been launched into the murder of young Portadown man Jake Bailey-Sloan.

The 23-year-old died following an incident in the town centre in the early hours of Sunday, October 17.

A media facility was held in Portadown today (Tuesday), attended by members of Jake’s family.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said that after going to enjoy a night out in town, “a young man lost his life”.

“His family and friends are grieving and deserve to know what happened,” he added.

The young businessman had returned from South Africa in 2017 and transformed a derelict textile mill in Bleary into ‘The Mill’ indoor adventure centre.

The investigation team and local officers revisited the West Street and Mandeville Street areas on Saturday and Sunday to speak with people and distribute flyers appealing for information.

Said Chief Inspector McCartney: “Despite there being large number of people socialising in the area on Saturday, October 16 into the early hours of Sunday, October 17, no additional witnesses have come forward to tell us what they saw.

“I know there were a number of altercations both inside local licensed premises and in the area of West Street and Mandeville Street during Saturday evening and into the early hours of Sunday.

“I need anyone who witnessed any incident, no matter how minor they may have appeared, or anyone who was in the West Street and Mandeville Street areas of Portadown town centre, between 1.30am and 3.30am on Sunday, October 17, particularly if they witnessed any fights or verbal disagreements in that area, to contact the investigation team.

“While we have examined CCTV footage and are aware of what happened, I need anyone with information, even if they think it might be irrelevant, to examine their conscience, come forward and tell us what they know.”

He also appealed to motorists who were in the area at the time to come forward and make contact with the Major Investigation Team detectives on 101, quoting reference number 569 17/10/21.

A report can also be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.  Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

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