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Four more men are arrested over 1987 murder of mother

By David Young, PA

All seven men arrested by detectives investigating the 1987 rape and murder of a young mother found beaten to death after a night out in a loyalist club in Northern Ireland have been released.

Yesterday two men, aged 54 and 56, were detained in Belfast and two, aged 53 and 59, were arrested in Antrim in connection with the killing of Lorraine McCausland 30 years ago.

Those arrests came after three men were arrested in Great Britain - two in Scotland and one in England.

Detectives had detained two men, aged 49 and 56, in Scotland and another suspect, aged 53, in England on Wednesday.

The three men were transported to Northern Ireland for questioning.

Last night, the PSNI said they had all been released and a file will now be submitted to the Public Prosecution Service.

Mother-of-two Ms McCausland, who was 23, was found beside a stream in the Forthriver area of north Belfast in the early hours of March 8, 1987.

She had been for a night out and was last seen in a nearby loyalist club at Tyndale.

The case was reopened last year after detectives identified "potential new lines of enquiry".

Fourteen arrests were made during the original police investigation, but no one was charged.

Members of the UDA were suspected of killing Ms McCausland.

Her son Craig was murdered in north Belfast in 2005 during a spate of killings linked to a loyalist feud.

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