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PSNI hopes for breakthrough as recovered gun to be tested to see if it's Lyra McKee murder weapon

Cops hope for breakthrough after swoop on New IRA arms dump

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Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee

The killer of Lyra McKee firing at police landrovers during rioting in Derry. Lyra McKee was shot and killed on the evening of the 18 April 2019

The killer of Lyra McKee firing at police landrovers during rioting in Derry. Lyra McKee was shot and killed on the evening of the 18 April 2019

Lyra McKee

A handgun found by police in a New IRA arms dump is to be tested to see if it was the weapon used to kill journalist Lyra McKee.

The weapon was part of a "significant" discovery, which included a bomb and ammo, made during searches of a 38-acre site near the Ballymagroarty district of Derry city yesterday.

Security sources expressed hope that the weapon might be that used to kill 29-year-old Lyra during rioting in the Creggan estate last year.