Four people are being held and questioned in Belfast under terrorism legislation

Four people have been arrested in Northern Ireland in relation to the murder of journalist Lyra McKee on April 18.

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The PSNI revealed on May 9 that four people have been arrested through terrorism legislation:

Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team investigating the murder of Lyra Mckee following violent disorder in Creggan in Derry/Londonderry on 18th April have arrested four people under Terrorism legislation. For more info see link below -https://t.co/8Sw3xmYwRu

— PSNI DC&S District (@PSNIDCSDistrict) May 9, 2019

In a statement, the PSNI said that the four men are aged 15,18, 38 and 51, and had been taken to the Serious Crime Suite in Belfast where they were being questioned by detectives.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, the senior detective leading the McKee investigation, said on May 9: “As part of this morning’s operation detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder.”

“They are currently in custody where they are being questioned.”

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Lyra McKee, 29 years old, was shot and killed during a night of riots in the Creggan area of Derry in Northern Ireland on April 18. While the New IRA has claimed responsibility for McKee’s death and has since offered an apology, the PSNI have yet to formally charge anyone with her death.

Memorial laid out for Lyra McKee

Memorial laid out for Lyra McKee

The PSNI has released CCTV footage from the night’s events in hopes of identifying McKee’s killer:

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Detective Murphy added: “I want to thank the public for the widespread support we have received to date, including more than 140 people who have provided images, footage and other details via our dedicated Major Incident Public Portal.”

“I still want to hear from anyone who can tell us anything they know. I would urge anyone who has any information to contact my team of detectives on 101. Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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A mural erected in Lyra McKee's memory in Northern IrelandGetty Images