Saoradh offices searched in connection with Lyra McKee murder investigation 6 months ago

Saoradh offices searched in connection with Lyra McKee murder investigation

A search operation was carried out on Tuesday.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) carried out a search operation of the head offices of political group Saoradh in Derry on Tuesday morning (7 May).

The searches were carried out by detectives investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee, who died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot in Fanad Drive on Thursday, 18 April.

Saoradh, who have been referred to by police as the political voice of the 'New IRA' - the group that claimed responsibility for McKee's murder - is an unregistered far-left political party that was formed by dissident republicans in 2016.

The group were widely condemned after conducting a march on O'Connell Street in Dublin just days after McKee's death.

"Detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee have carried out a number of searches in Chamberlain Street in Derry/Londonderry this morning," read a PSNI statement.

"A number of items were seized during the search for further investigation.

"No arrests were made. Enquiries are continuing."

Last week, BBC journalist Emma Vardy challenged Saoradh members regarding their presence in Derry in the wake of McKee's murder.