Four men arrested by police investigating murder of journalist Lyra McKee

11 February 2020, 08:55

The 29-year-old was shot while reporting on unrest
The 29-year-old was shot while reporting on unrest. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Four men have been arrested by police investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry last year.

The men, who are aged 20, 27, 29 and 52, were arrested in Derry under the Terrorism Act on Tuesday morning, a Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman said.

They are being questioned by detectives at Musgrave Serious Crime Suite in Belfast.

Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead while observing disorder in Derry on April 18 2019.

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne welcomed the arrests.

In a tweet, he said detectives are "working hard in the pursuit of justice", adding that "anyone with information should come forward to police".

Following the arrests, the Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy appealed for the public's help: “I have always believed that some people within the community know what happened and who was involved.

"I understand that people may be frightened to talk to us. I have previously given my personal assurance relating to anonymity for the purpose of this investigation and I renew this assurance today, as we approach the anniversary of Lyra’s murder. I want the community in Creggan to think about how that horrific attack impacted them personally and how it impacted the entire community.

"We saw widescale revulsion after Lyra was murdered and I remain determined to work with the community and local policing to convert that revulsion into tangible evidence to bring those who murdered Lyra to justice."

The detective also asked anyone with video of the incident to forward it to them via the Major Incident Public Portal.