Friday 23 August 2019

'Informers will be executed': chilling graffiti painted near spot where Lyra was killed

Threat: The graffiti sprayed on the wall in Creggan, Co Derry. Photo: PA
Threat: The graffiti sprayed on the wall in Creggan, Co Derry. Photo: PA

Aoife Moore

Pro-IRA graffiti has appeared in Derry with a chilling warning against helping the police.

Painted on a wall, one message reads "Informers will be executed", and another says "IRA here to stay".

Another message includes a picture of a rat, with the message "Informers will be shot. IRA", and another says "RUC Informers: They will forget about you, we won't. IRA".

The slogans appeared yesterday morning in the Creggan area, metres from where journalist Lyra McKee was killed on April 18.

She was shot by a dissident republican linked to the New IRA who fired at police lines during disturbances over the Easter weekend.

Pro-IRA graffiti which had been painted over in the days after Ms McKee's murder has been restored, saying the IRA "aren't done" and is an "undefeated army".

The new graffiti comes as the PSNI offered anonymity for anyone in the community who comes forward with evidence about the death of Ms McKee or the New IRA.

Police have made a number of arrests and released images of the suspected gunman before and after the killing in Derry in a bid to encourage witnesses to come forward.

Detectives say more than 140 people have already come forward with information, videos and images from the unrest.

Complete anonymity, including giving evidence behind a screen and using voice altering technology, have been offered for anyone called to give evidence at a trial.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 (€11,600) for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Kevin Campbell, Sinn Féin councillor and a Creggan resident, said the people of the area had sent a message to the perpetrators and will not be deterred.

"It's an absolute insult to the memory of Lyra McKee, who was murdered by these people," he said.

Irish Independent

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