Northern Ireland

Man arrested over Lyra McKee murder

Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry last month during rioting in the city
Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry last month during rioting in the city

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry.

The 46-year-old is being held following searches at properties in the Northland Road and Creggan areas of Derry this morning.

He has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

A number of items were seized during the searches and taken for further examination.

Lyra McKee, a journalist, was observing the violence when she was shot in the head. The 29-year-old's funeral at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast was attended by figures including President Micheal D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “Since Lyra was murdered following violent disorder in Creggan in Derry/Londonderry on 18th April, our investigation has received widespread support from the community.

“I still want to hear from anyone who has any information and would appeal to the public to contact my team of detectives on 101. Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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