57-year-old woman arrested in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee 3 months ago

57-year-old woman arrested in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee

The woman has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.

Detectives for the PSNI's Major Investigation Team have arrested a 57-year-old woman under the Terrorism Act in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in Creggan in Derry on Thursday, 18 April.

The woman has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.

Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot in Fanad Drive.

The New IRA has previously claimed responsibility for the murder of the journalist.

In a statement given to The Irish News via a recognised code word, the group offered their "full and sincere apologies" to Miss McKee's family and friends.

The statement said: “On Thursday night following an incursion on the Creggan by heavily armed British crown forces which provoked rioting, the IRA deployed our volunteers to engage.

“We have instructed our volunteers to take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy, and put in place measures to help ensure this. In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces.

“The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death.”

The senior detective leading the investigation into the murder of Miss McKee has revealed that more than 140 people have contacted police with information via the Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP).

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy has urged people to continue to come forward with information.

"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 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

“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 MIPP.police.uk to upload footage or to tell us what they know.”