Belfast Telegraph

Sinn Fein councillor Tony McCaul held in anti-terror swoops

By Donna Deeney

A Sinn Fein councillor was among five men arrested yesterday by anti-terrorist police investigating paramilitary shootings and threats over the past four years.

Tony McCaul (62) was one of four arrested early yesterday morning along with two men in their 50s and a man aged 31.

A fifth man also aged 31 was arrested in Co Antrim in the early afternoon and taken to Antrim police station, where all five were questioned.

It is understood that Pascal McFeely - a brother of the IRA hunger striker and shamed property developer Tom McFeely - was among those initially arrested, along with his son.

Police officers carried out a number of searches throughout the day in the wider Dungiven area.

Residents were reluctant to speak on the record but many expressed surprise at the news that a councillor was among those being questioned by the police.

Mr McCaul, who was elected to the new shadow council of Causeway Coast and Glens, is also a member of a number of committees in Limavady Borough Council, including the Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

The arrests came as part of an investigation led by detectives from Serious Crime Branch. Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings said: "We are investigating various forms of paramilitary activity in the area, predominantly over the last four years.

"These include shooting incidents and threats. The suspects have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning."

The men can be held at the station for 48 hours when police will either have to charge them or apply to the court for an extension.

Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey said: "I was alerted early in the morning about a number of raids that were taking place in the wider Dungiven area and that one of the home was that of my Sinn Fein colleague and fellow councillor, Tony McCaul. We have tried to get some information for his family and for the families of the others arrested but there is no information to get about on what grounds they were arrested."

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