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Man, 27, arrested over murder of journalist Lyra McKee

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A man, 27, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee (Picture: Getty Images)

A man, 27, has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee during riots in Londonderry last year.

He was held under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and has since been taken to Musgrave police station in Belfast, a spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

They added that a house in Londonderry had also been searched in connection with the arrest.

Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead while reporting on clashes between police and republican dissidents in Creggan, Londonderry, on April 18, 2019. She had built a career covering the Troubles’ legacy and was also an outspoken LGBT+ activist with her partner Sara Canning.

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Undated handout photo issued by Chiho Tang/Oranga Creative of Lyra McKee. the copyright holder. A 52 year old man charged with the murder of the journalist will appear Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Thursday. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 13, 2020. Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead by dissident republicans while observing rioting in Londonderry in April. See PA story ULSTER McKee. Photo credit should read: Chiho Tang/Oranga Creative/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The journalist was shot while reporting on riots in Londonderry (Picture: PA)

She wrote for a number of publications including Private Eye and Buzzfeed, and a memorial anthology of her work entitled ‘Lost, Found, Remembered’ was published after her murder in celebration of her life.

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The New IRA claimed responsibility for the killing and offered ‘full and sincere apologies’ to her loved ones. A man, 52, was charged with her murder in February.

He was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and professing to be a member of a proscribed organisation, the PSNI said.

The gunman who killed Ms Mckee is thought to have been aiming for police but missed his target. The journalist was standing near a police vehicle when she was hit.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 19, 2019 A recent but undated handout picture released by Lyra McKee's family via the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on April 19, 2019 shows journalist and author Lyra McKee posing for a photograph. - The killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry on April 18, 2019 marked the latest upsurge of violence in Northern Ireland -- where fears grow that a fragile and hard-won peace is increasingly at risk. (Photo by HO / POLICE SERVICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND (PSNI) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
She had been standing next to a police vehicle when she was shot (Picture: Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Pallbearers carry the coffin of journalist Lyra McKee at her funeral at St. Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo
Her funeral was attended by the leaders of England and Ireland (Picture: Reuters)

In its statement the New IRA accused officers of ‘provoking’ the rioting which led to the tragedy and said it had instructed members to ‘take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy’.

Last year, Ms McKee’s funeral was attended by then UK prime minister Theresa May, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Catholic priest Fr Martin Magill received a standing ovation when he asked why it took her death to unite politicians.

Days later the British and Irish governments announced a new talks process aimed at restoring devolution in the region.

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