PSNI claims there is evidence to bring Lyra McKee's murderers to justice
THE evidence exists to bring Lyra McKee's murderers to justice - but people in Derry need to bring it to the PSNI, the Chief Constable George Hamilton has said.
Speaking outside the young journalist's funeral, Mr Hamiliton told reporters the "unique circumstances" of events in Derry last week has led to "a groundswell of opinion away from violence, towards law and order and supporting the police in a way that has not always happened in the past".
Echoing the words of Fr Martin Magill during the ceremony, he said responsibility falls on political leaders to "step up and take advantage of these tragic circumstances".
"I hope our political leaders will do just that. I hope people will continue to stand with the police, to co-operate with the police. Over 140 have come forward to provide video footage and witness accounts. We need more of that. We believe this murder is absolutely solvable," Mr Hamilton said.
Asked what protections are in place for people who do engage with the PSNI, the police chief said they are a long way from needing people to give evidence in court.
"We need people to come forward in the first instance and have conversations with us. We know people might be frightened, might be scared, might be intimidated by these thugs.
"We're not insensitive or blind to the sensitivities that have to be overcome," he said.
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He said the New IRA have carried out tragedy upon tragedy "and yet they continue with these reckless acts".
"These people have no concern for their own community, their own city, the people they have grown up with," he said.
Mr Hamilton promised that police will not be reckless with any information provided by the public.
"This isn't about being an informant or grassing someone up. This is about good citizenship. It's about respect for the rule of law," he said.