The Police Service of Northern Ireland has welcomed independent charity Crimestoppers' offer of a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of prison officer David Black.
Detectives are conducting an extensive investigation into David Black's murder.
A key element of this investigation will be information which is provided by members of our community.
If the reward encourages some individuals to come forward, this will be of benefit to all our efforts as we work to secure convictions against Mr Black's killers."
– PSNI Assistant Chief Constable for Crime Operations, Drew Harris
Independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland.
David Black was gunned down on his way to work in a motorway ambush yesterday.
This heinous crime has sent shockwaves through communities across Northern Ireland and left a family without their father.
I am urging anyone with information about this crime, no matter how small that information may be, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously - we don't want to know who you are, only what you know.
– Roger Critchell, director of operations for Crimestoppers
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has branded the dissident republican who murdered David Black as the enemies of everyone across the island of Ireland.
When someone strikes at the Prison Service in Northern Ireland, that's our Prison Service, that's part of our community, they are attacking us as part of that community and the community must give a community response to that.
Mr Robinson's comments came after ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Republic's government discussed Mr Black's murder at a North South Ministerial Council meeting.
Detective Superintendent Keith Agnew, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who is leading the investigation into the murder of prison officer David Black has given the following update:
Firstly, I want to express the sympathy of the entire Major Investigation Team I am leading to David Black’s family. We will do our very best to ensure his killers are brought before the courts.
I welcome the universal condemnation there has been from right across our community in response to David’s murder. I am sure it is of comfort to his family at this difficult time.
But condemnation, however strident, is not enough. My team of detectives need condemnation to be translated into information if our investigation is to make maximum progress.
Two men, aged 31 and 44, were arrested in the early hours of this morning in Lurgan. But there is a long way to go in this investigation and we need the community’s assistance in relation to the movements of David Black’s Audi A4 and the killers’ dark blue Toyota Camry car.
– Det Supt Keith Agnew, Police Service of Northern Ireland