Inquiry into 1974 murder starts again
Inspector Bill Elliott was driving on his own when he heard news that a robbery was under way at the Ulster Bank in the Rathcoole area of Belfast in September 1974.
The 48-year-old, who was married with a son, raced to the scene and died after a shoot-out with republicans from the Official IRA who detectives said were armed with two submachine guns and a pistol.
Inspector Elliott was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Serious Crime Branch revealed it has now reopened the case after a review of the killing by the police Historical Enquiries Team found potential new leads.
The team is re-examining killings from the Troubles.
Detective Superintendent Jonathan Roberts said: “Certainly there are new lines of inquiry opening up to us and developing. It’s an overall reassessment of the case.” He added: “I don’t wish to discuss specific new lines of inquiry because they are active lines of inquiry.”