Woman arrested in connection with Lyra McKee murder released without charge 4 weeks ago

Woman arrested in connection with Lyra McKee murder released without charge

The investigation is ongoing.

The woman arrested on Tuesday in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee has been released without charge.

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

The unnamed woman was taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite, but has been officially released without charge as of Tuesday evening.

In a brief statement, the PSNI said:

"A 57-year-old woman arrested this morning by detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee has now been released unconditionally.

"Detectives from PSNI Major Investigation Team continue to appeal for help from the local community in Creggan or anyone with information."

PSNI 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.

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

On Tuesday, the New IRA 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.”