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Man charged following Bogside search linked to McKee murder

Lyra McKee was shot dead in April 2019
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Detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee have charged a 27-year-old man with possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

The PSNI said he has also been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The man is due to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court on Thursday via video-link.

There was a heavy police presence during the search at Tyrconnell Street in Derry's Lone Moor Road area. Several members of dissident republican political group, Saoradh were also stopped and searched when they turned up outside the property during the police operation, which was carried out by the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team.

Ms McKee (29) was shot and fatally injured while observing a riot on April 18 2019. She was standing close to PSNI lines when a gunman opened fire.

Trouble flared on the night of Ms McKee's murder when police moved into Creggan to conduct a house search in the build-up to an expected dissident republican Easter commemoration. The `New IRA' later accepted responsibility for the murder.

A 52-year-old man, Paul McIntyre from Kinnego Park in Derry has been charged with Ms McKee’s murder by joint enterprise. He denies the charge and was released on bail earlier this month with strict conditions over where he must reside and political activity.

Prosecutors have claimed he was involved in picking up bullet casings after the gunman opened fire on police. He is also charged with possession of a gun with intent to endanger life and belonging to a proscribed organisation.

Following a major operation in Derry's Ballymagroarty area last month, police also found the gun that they believe was used to murder Ms McKee.

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