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Saturday 25 May 2019

Woman (57) arrested in connection with murder of Lyra McKee

Murdered journalist Lyra McKee . Photo: PSNI/PA
Murdered journalist Lyra McKee . Photo: PSNI/PA
Probe continues: Investigators at the scene of the fatal shooting on the Creggan estate Photo: Paul FAITH / AFP
Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee defaced the walls of a dissident republican office in Derry with red paint. Photo: Cate McCurry/PA Wire
Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee who took part in a protest outside Junior McDaid House in Derry, the headquarters of Saoradh. Photo: Cate McCurry/PA Wire
Flowers at the scene where the 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead. Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Journalist Lyra McKee was the victim of a fatal shooting in Derry late at night on Easter Thursday
Graffiti in the Creggan area of Londonderry close to the scene where 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot earlier this week. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
A lone objector staged his own peaceful protest against the Saoradh march in Dublin on Saturday. PHOTO: TONY GAVIN
Heart-broken: Lyra McKee’s partner Sara Canning, at a vigil in Derry yesterday. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the woman is being held under the Terrorism Act.

"Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested a 57-year-old woman under the Terrorism Act in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in Creggan in Derry," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"She has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite."

On Sunday, two teenagers aged 18 and 19 arrested in connection with the young journalist's death were released without charge.

Lyra was shot in the head during disturbances in the Creggan area of Derry last Thursday.

Detectives from PSNI Major Investigation Team continue to appeal for help from the local community in Creggan.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “We have received very positive support from the community but we need to convert this support into tangible evidence that will enable us to bring Lyra’s killers to justice.

"We will continue to work positively and sensitively with the local community to achieve this.

“I am continuing to appeal for those people who were in Fanad Drive and Central Drive on Thursday night and who have mobile phone footage to please come and speak with my detectives and provide us with your mobile phone footage.

"We do not need to hold on to your phone, we have necessary equipment that will allow us to download the footage quickly. Alternatively, you can use the Major Incident Public Portal at to upload footage or to tell us what they know.

“I know there will be some people who know what happened but are scared to come forward but if you have information, no matter how small, please contact detectives in the incident room on 101 or via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 which is 100pc anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

McKee was shot in the head by suspects linked to the New IRA, who have since claimed responsibility for her death.

CCTV released by Police Service Northern Ireland captured her final moments at around 10pm, when she stood among a crowd of other innocent bystanders and raised her phone in the air, apparently to photograph the violence.

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