Omagh, Co Tyrone: CRIMESTOPPERS Offer £50k Reward For Information About The Murder Of PSNI Officer Ronan Kerr

6 Apr

Crimestoppers offers £50k reward for information on the murder of Police Officer, Ronan Kerr

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a £50,000 reward today for crucial information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of police officer, Ronan Kerr. [5 April 2011]

The 25-year-old was killed when an explosive device detonated under his car in Omagh, County Tyrone.

Funeral held for murdered policeman ...

The device exploded under the vehicle in Highfield Close, just before 4pm on Saturday 2 April.

“A despicable crime”

Dave Cording, Deputy Chief Executive at Crimestoppers, said: “Crimestoppers takes all murders and manslaughters extremely seriously. In this incident a Police Officer who was willing to stand up and serve his community has had his life tragically cut short. This is a despicable crime, and for that reason a reward of up to £50,000 is being offered to anyone who can supply us with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.  

“I hope the offenders will be swiftly brought to justice and would urge anyone with information to contact the charity, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our online form. No personal details are taken and communication routes are not traced or recorded – no one will know who you are.”

Anonymity guarantee

Crimestoppers is not part of the police. It is an independent charity.

Every call is treated with absolute anonymity. The information given is passed onto the police in such a way that it does not identify the caller.

Rewards are also paid without compromising a caller’s anonymity

The incident is being investigated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Reward conditions

The reward of up to £50,000 is available to anyone providing information to Crimestoppers, which leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime. 

Rewards can only be claimed by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Rewards cannot be claimed if giving information via the online form. You can call Crimestoppers from outside the UK on +441883 731 335. Please note that calls to this number will not be free of charge.

NEWS UPDATE:

THOSE responsible for the killing of Constable Ronan Kerr in Omagh over the weekend were “psychopaths not patriots” according to the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin.

As the Dáil agreed a motion to condemn the killing of the 25-year-old Catholic police officer, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams directly addressed those responsible, calling on them to stop the violence. He said Sinn Féin had offered to meet the group some time ago but they refused.

“I make the same offer again,” he said. “You have no right to attack anyone. That is clear from the overwhelming public rejection of the attack which killed Ronan Kerr. The people of this island demand that you stop.”

During statements in the Dáil, Mr Martin said the term “dissident” should not be used to describe bloodthirsty lunatics with “no agenda other than to inflict pain, to cause sorrow”.

“To my mind ‘dissident’ suggests a coherent opinion. It suggests a principled stand against another’s position,” he said.

“It has no place in the description of the bloodthirsty nihilists who took the life of this fine young Gael.” He added they had no democratic legitimacy.

“They may claim to be a republican organisation but they are most definitely not,” he said, adding that: “Real republicans understand and respect the fact that the Irish people are sovereign.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the killing as “an action of the past” by a small group who “offer nothing for the present day or the future”.

The Government said it will provide every support to help police in the North track down those responsible for planting the under-car bomb which Mr Kerr on Saturday afternoon.

Before attending the funeral of Mr Kerr today, Mr Kenny described the killing as a “pointless act of terror by a small segment of the population whose motivation lies in the dark past.”

All political voices had joined together in a “broad based and swift” condemnation of the killing, he said.

“What is especially striking is the speed with which all sections of the community have moved to express their utter outrage at this unlawful and merciless slaughter,” he Taoiseach told the Dáil.

He said: “This Government will provide every support to the investigation into this crime.”

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been in touch with his counterpart in the North, David Ford, to inform him that every support will be given to the PSNI.

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AS the funeral of Ronan Kerr takes place today, fears mount that a new dissident group may have been behind the murder as no one has claimed responsibility.

A disgruntled group of republicans are recently believed to have defected from the mainstream IRA in Co Tyrone.

A senior republican speaking to media in the North said dissidents may simply be trying “to sew confusion”, but also pointed to the storm of condemnation that followed the weekend killing.

He said it was interesting that nobody had so far claimed responsibility.

“I don’t think they anticipated the backlash. They probably hadn’t thought about it.

“It may give them cause to think.”

Meanwhile, a £50,000 (€57,000) reward has been offered for any information that will help catch Mr Kerr’s murderers.

The 25-year-old Catholic was killed by an under-car bomb in Omagh.

Independent charity Crimestoppers put up the sum saying it will offer money for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the “despicable crime”.

A book of condolence has been opened in Omagh in honour of Mr Kerr, who’s Requiem Mass will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Beragh, with burial afterwards in Drumduff Cemetery.

As the funeral takes place in Tyrone, thousands are expected to gather in Belfast city centre at a trade union-organised peace rally to protest at the killing.

Meanwhile, a Sinn Féin councillor reportedly risked his life on Monday to drive a suspected bomb from a garage forecourt just yards from where a group of children were playing football.

Magherafelt councillor Peter Bateson acted after being told by local people that there was a suspected pipe-bomb which was believed to be strapped to a work van in Toomebridge. However, police have since said the object was a hoax.

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