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Police renew delivery driver murder appeal one year on

Police investigating the murder of a pizza delivery driver that took place a year ago today have released CCTV images of Kieran McManus taken shortly before he was gunned down.

The 26-year-old father-of-one was shot a number of times at close range in the car park of the Belfast Domino's Pizza outlet where he worked.

Kieran McManus, 26, was shot a number of times shortly after this CCTV image was taken.
Kieran McManus, 26, was shot a number of times shortly after this CCTV image was taken. Credit: Police Service of Northern Ireland

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has urged witnesses or anyone else with any information about the shooting to come forward.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: "One year on from this ruthless murder, the police investigation is continuing. Kieran worked as a pizza delivery driver, trying to earn a living for his family.

"This was a ruthless and reckless attack, given the number of people in the area at the time. I would ask everyone in this community to look at these images and think about the fact that a short time later, Kieran was dead."


NI patient died after 'late diagnosis'

by Marc Mallet - ITV News Northern Ireland reporter

The Northern Trust has identified 20 cases of sub-standard care, 11 of which led to deaths, at hospitals in Northern Ireland over a five-year period ending last year.

Five of those were babies, who were either stillborn or died after birth.

One example we have been given of that sub-standard care is a late diagnosis of a patient in a casualty department, and it has been linked to their death.

Thousands of X-rays are being examined at the Causeway Hospital in County Londonderry Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Another example is where there has been a failure to follow up on issues raised in chest X-rays. In other words, where a radiographer has requested further scans to take place but that simply hasn't happened.

The Trust has so far looked at 19,000 X-Rays and they have to look at another 28,000. That gives you some idea of the size of the investigation.

Health trust: 20 incidents of 'below standard' response

The Northern Health Trust identified 20 separate incidents where the response had been "below standard" and decided to investigate the deaths of 11 patients, Stormont's health minister has told the Assembly.

Edwin Poots said the incidents were "across a number of areas," including obstetrics and gynaecology, X-ray follow up; and the Northern Ireland health trust’s emergency departments.

"It is not clear that these were avoidable deaths, but it is clear that the Trusts' response should have been better," Mr Poots said.

Five of the 11 patient deaths were babies, he added.

Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack

Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack.
Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack. Credit: UTV

The Falls Road area where a bomb was detonated last night was busy and 200 yards away more than 500 people were enjoying a night organised by the Feile (festival) community organisation.

Many people passed the site of the explosion, Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said. Police did not immediately attend to begin their investigation, a standard precaution against a follow up attack.

Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack.
Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack. Credit: UTV


Belfast attack 'condemned by right-thinking people'

The Northern Ireland Secretary of State has condemned an attack in Belfast after an explosive device was thrown at a police vehicle and other members of the public.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers Credit: PA

The attack happened near the City Cemetery in the west of the city, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

Theresa Villiers said: "This attack is a blatant disregard not just for lives of police officers but also for safety of whole community in west Belfast.

"It should be condemned by all right-thinking people."

Police warned after Belfast bomb attack

The Police Federation has warned officers to be vigilant after members of the force in Northern Ireland escaped injury during a blast bomb attack.

Chairman Terry Spence vowed dissident republicans opposed to the peace process would not succeed in plunging the country back into full-scale conflict after an explosive device was thrown at a vehicle patrol in West Belfast last night.

Extremists have redoubled efforts to kill, and officers were urged to tighten personal security after a separate under-car bomb was found a relatively short distance away earlier yesterday.

Members of a Filipino family were treated for shock and their car was damaged after a device was hurled at police near the City Cemetery off the Falls Road.

Children aged 16, 13 and 11 were passengers caught up in the bombing.

Family 'shaken' after car 'peppered with shrapnel'

An undated Google Maps image of Belfast City Cemetery before the incident. Credit: Google Maps

A young family was treated for shock after a bomb attack on a police patrol car was said to have 'peppered' their vehicle with shrapnel in Belfast on Friday night.

No-one was seriously injured in the attack, which took place near the City Cemetery in the west of the city, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said the attackers had no consideration for who they injured and the group had a lucky escape.

He said: "A passing PSNI vehicle appears to have been the target in this reckless attack when a family were fortunate to escape injury as their car was peppered with shrapnel.

"Thankfully no one was seriously hurt but the family are extremely shook up."

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