Four guns found in double murder probe

Police hunting the murderers of two men in Belfast have recovered four guns, they said today.

Police hunting the murderers of two men in Belfast have recovered four guns, they said today.

The weapons and other items were discovered by detectives hunting those who shot dead Edward Burns in west Belfast and battered to death Joseph Jones in the north of the city on Monday.

Police have linked the murders, which have been put down to a fall out among dissident republicans – but the Continuity IRA has denied any involvement.

The PSNI said they had received a largely positive response from the local communities in the two republican areas during their investigations.

Information they received had resulted in the recovery of the four guns and other items which were being examined by forensic experts.

Appealing for more help they said they were looking for information about a man with bloodstained clothing last Monday.

A PSNI spokesman said: “We are making progress in these investigations, due in no small part to assistance from the community.

“We are following definite lines of inquiry but we need more information.”

Mr Burns, a 36-year-old father-of-five from the Ardoyne area, was found shot dead in the car park of a GAA club at Bog Meadows off the Falls Road early on Monday.

He was buried today in Milltown Cemetery after a service at the Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne.

Police were alerted to his murder by a man taken to a Belfast hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.

A few hours later the body of Joe Jones, 38, was found battered beyond recognition in an Ardoyne street.

The PSNI said they were particularly keen for information about two cars – a blue Ford Focus estate car, registration FE 52 SHJ and a silver Skoda Octavia, registration PKZ 3760.

They said they were trying to trace the movements of the Ford between teatime last Sunday to teatime on Wednesday in and around north and west Belfast. They were especially keen to hear from anyone who saw it between midnight on Sunday and 5am on Monday in the Elmfield area of Ardoyne.

They were seeking information about the Skoda’s movements between 3am and 8am on Monday. Police said they believed it may have been burned out at Ballyhill Road in the Ligoneil area and then removed from the scene by a scrap lorry later the same day.

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