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Three held over 1987 murder of woman

By David Young, PA

Three men have been arrested in Britain in connection with the rape and murder of a young mother found beaten to death after a night out in a loyalist club in Northern Ireland 30 years ago.

Detectives investigating the brutal killing of Lorraine McCausland detained two men aged 49 and 56 in Scotland, and another suspect aged 53 in England.

The 23-year-old mother-of-two was found beside a stream in the Forthriver area of north Belfast in the early hours of March 8, 1987. She had been on 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, whose son Craig was murdered in north Belfast in 2005.

The three men arrested yesterday were taken to Northern Ireland for questioning.

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