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Watch: Police release new CCTV footage of suspected gunman in Lyra McKee murder probe

Police have released new CCTV footage of the gunman suspected of killing Lyra McKee.

Speaking at a police press conference on Friday morning Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said that police wanted to speak to three men identified in the footage, one being the man police believe killed Lyra McKee.

He said that he believed the gunman was in his teens and confirmed that the calibre of gun used in the murder was similar to those used in paramilitary style attacks in the Creggan area.

She was killed in a night of rioting in the Creggan area of Londonderry last Thursday night.

Dissident republican group the New IRA has accepted responsibility for her murder.

Detective Superintendent Murphy is leading the investigation and said that that he believed that the information police need to bring Lyra's killer to justice lies within the local community.

He said that around 100 people were there on the night Lyra was murdered and that police were sure people saw the gunman and his associates.

"I think people within the community know who they are. I’m asking them to come forward and help us," he said.

“I’m releasing footage today from the night of Lyra’s murder and I want to appeal to anyone who recognises or knows these people to talk to us."

The CCTV footage begins about one minute before Lyra was murdered and shows three men walk across Central Drive from the direction of the shops. 

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"At the front you can see a man circled – he’s carrying a crate of petrol bombs towards where the crowd including children, were standing. He is the tallest of the three men – I want to know who he is," Detective Superintendent Murphy said.

“Behind him you can see two other men.  The man on the inside nearest the wall is the next tallest. He’s wearing dark skinny jeans, blue Nike trainers with a white tick and a white sole. He’s wearing a camouflage scarf or other covering across his face.  Do you know this man?"

“In other footage he can be seen holding a petrol bomb and in the new light his clothing is clearly visible.

“As he walked along the footpath, he was accompanied by the third man. In the footage you can see that he is shorter than both of the other men and of stocky build.

"It’s my belief he is the gunman that fired indiscriminately into the crowd, placed the community and police officers at risk and took the life of Lyra. You can see he is wearing dark clothing and in other footage you can see this clothing in a different light. People know who he is."

Detective Superintendent Murphy acknowledged that people living in the Creggan area may find it difficult to speak to police.

Murdered journalist Lyra McKee
Murdered journalist Lyra McKee

"I want to provide a personal reassurance that we are able to deal with these concerns sensitively," he said.

"At Lyra’s funeral on Wednesday we heard many messages about the potential for a better future but as I have said previously, such sentiment will all be in vain if collectively we cannot tackle the malign influence that some individuals continue to exert over our communities."

He praised the charity Crimestoppers for offering a £10k reward in exchange for information on Lyra's murder.

"To date, we have received widespread public support including more than 140 people providing images, footage and other details via our dedicated Major Incident Public Portal," Detective Superintendent Murphy said.

"However, community information and intelligence is not evidence. Such information simply gets me through the door but it doesn’t get me to a courtroom.

“I need people to contact my team, to talk to us about what they know. I would urge anyone who has any information, or who witnessed the murder, to contact the police on 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.'

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