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Video: Police re-open probe into 1987 north Belfast murder


Detectives announced today that they have re-opened an investigation into the rape and murder of a young woman in north Belfast almost 30 years ago.

Lorraine McCausland (23), a mother-of-two, was found beside a stream in the Forthriver area in the early hours of March 8, 1987.

She had been for a night out and was last seen in a loyalist club at Tynedale.

Detective inspector Michelle Griffin, speaking at a PSNI Press conference at Tennent Street PSNI station, said: "The investigation is being re-opened because, having reviewed the case,  police believe there are potential new lines of enquiry."

She said advancements in DNA profiling had moved the investigation on but she stressed police were still keen to speak to anyone from the area - or who lived in the area - who has information relating to the case.

Cathy McIlvenny, Lorraine's sister - who attended the press conference - said the family had never given up hope that they would finally get justice.

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