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Two held over paramilitary displays at republican's funeral

Published 16/09/2015

A man and a woman have been arrested over paramilitary displays during the wake and funeral of a veteran republican
A man and a woman have been arrested over paramilitary displays during the wake and funeral of a veteran republican

Two people have been arrested by police investigating paramilitary displays during the wake and funeral of a veteran republican.

Dozens of people wearing military-style uniform, berets and dark glasses attended the service for Peggy O'Hara in Northern Ireland this summer.

Mrs O'Hara was the mother of an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) man who died in the 1981 hunger strike.

Police Service of Northern Ireland detective inspector Philip Montgomery said: " Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating offences committed at the wake and funeral of Peggy O'Hara in Derry in July have arrested a 53-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman in the city.

"Both suspects have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim Police Station for questioning. Detectives also carried out searches in the Creggan area of Derry this morning and removed a number of items for examination."

Police repeated their appeal for anybody with information to come forward.

The 53-year-old man was later released unconditionally.

The 44-year-old woman arrested in Derry was also later released unconditionally.

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