Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Bomb probe police in race film plea

Detectives investigating the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr have seized tens of thousands of hours of CCTV footage

Tens of thousands of hours of CCTV footage have been seized by detectives investigating the murder of a policeman in Northern Ireland.

Investigators appealed for anybody with video footage of part of the Omagh half-marathon, just before an under-car booby-trap bomb killed Catholic officer Ronan Kerr, 25, on April 2, to give them the material.

The device was planted yards from the route in the Co Tyrone town by dissident republicans opposed to the Northern Ireland peace process.

Investigating officer Detective Superintendent Raymond Murray said it was going to be a long and protracted investigation.

"Our inquiries are widespread and wide-ranging and we are examining links to other attacks and serious crimes but it would not be appropriate at this time to go into further detail," he said.

Four people have been arrested by police and one man charged with possession of items likely to be of use to terrorists and possession of firearms and explosives with intent.

More than 30 searches have been carried out in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.

Mr Murray said tens of thousands of hours of CCTV material have been seized.

"Anyone who thinks they may have relevant photographic material from the half-marathon taken between 1.15-1.45pm in the Highfield area is asked to contact police at Omagh," he said.

More than 4,000 items have been seized during searches and are now being examined in forensic laboratories.

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