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Lyra McKee murder probe detectives arrest four people under terror legislation - including 15-year-old boy

A burning car in Creggan, Londonderry after petrol bombs were thrown at police. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 18, 2019. Niall Carson/PA Wire
A burning car in Creggan, Londonderry after petrol bombs were thrown at police. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 18, 2019. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

Detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee in Londonderry have arrested four people, including a 15-year-old boy, under terrorism legislation.

Aged 15, 18, 38 and 51, the four males were arrested in the city on Wednesday morning in connection with the violence in the Creggan area on April 18.

They have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite in Musgrave Station, Belfast where they are currently being questioned by detectives.

The 29-year-old journalist was shot dead by a suspected New IRA gunman when disturbances broke out after PSNI officers carried out a number of searches in the Creggan estate.

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Lyra McKee

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, said: “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. 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.”

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