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Man arrested in England in connection with three sectarian loyalist murders

Published 03/09/2014 | 11:49


A man has been arrested in southern England by police investigating three sectarian loyalist murders in Northern Ireland.

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The suspect, 57, was detained in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

Workmen Gary Convie, 24, and Eamon Fox, 44, were sitting in their car at a building site in North Queen Street in Belfast on May 17 1994 when a gunman opened fire with a submachine gun.

Sean McParland, 55, was shot in Skegoniel Avenue in the city on February 17 1994 while babysitting. He died a week later.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the suspect was arrested with assistance from Thames Valley Police and is being questioned at a police station in southern England. A property is being searched in Newport Pagnell.

A spokesman added: "Today's arrest is part of Operation Stafford, an investigation into a series of murders and other serious crimes by the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force paramilitary organisation) in north Belfast."

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