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Four held by Lyra murder probe detectives

Killed: journalist Lyra McKee
Killed: journalist Lyra McKee

By Staff Reporter

Four males have been arrested by detectives investigating the death of Lyra McKee.

The journalist was shot while watching disturbances in Londonderry last month.

Dissident republican group the New IRA said its members carried out the killing.

Yesterday morning, the PSNI said four people have been arrested as part of their murder investigation.

The four males, aged 15, 18, 38 and 51, were arrested in Londonderry under terrorism legislation. They were taken to the serious crime suite in Musgrave Station, Belfast, where they were last night being questioned by detectives, police said.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said the arrests came after searches at four houses yesterday.

"As part of this morning's operation, detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee's murder," he said.

"They are currently in custody, where they are being questioned.

"I want to thank the public for the widespread support we have received to date, including more than 140 people who have provided images, footage and other details via our dedicated major incident public portal.

"I still want to hear from anyone who can tell us anything they know.

"I would urge anyone who has any information to contact my team of detectives on 101.

"Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

People can upload any footage that they have to the police's major incident public portal via the following link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI19O09-PO1.

Earlier this week, the PSNI carried out searches at the offices of dissident republican organisation Saoradh, which is believed to be the political wing of the New IRA.

The New IRA accepted responsibility for the murder of Ms McKee, saying that she was accidentally shot by one of its "volunteers".

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