Belfast Telegraph

Lorraine McCausland: Seven men arrested over 1987 rape and murder of young mother released

The seven men arrested in relation to the 1987 rape and murder of young mother Lorraine McCausland have all been released.

Two men, aged 54 and 56, were arrested in Belfast while two, aged 53 and 59, were arrested in Antrim.

Three other men were arrested in England and Scotland. A file will now be submitted to the Public Prosecution Service.

Mother-of-two Ms McCausland, 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 inquiry".

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

Members of the paramilitary Ulster Defence Association were suspected of killing Ms McCausland.

Police believe witnesses have long been fearful of coming forward due to the involvement of the violent group.

Ms McCausland's son, Craig, was murdered in north Belfast in 2005 during a spate of killings linked to a loyalist paramilitary feud.


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