27-year-old charged with firearms offences following murder of Lyra McKee

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Lyra McKee

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Detectives investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee have charged a man with possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

The 27-year-old is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He is due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Thursday via video-link, police said.

Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead by dissident republicans in Derry/Londonderry in April last year as she observed rioting in the Creggan area of the city.

Dissident group the New IRA said it was involved in the murder. 

Last month, police found the handgun used to kill Ms McKee.

The Hammerli X-Esse .22 pistol was discovered during searches in the Ballymagroarty area.

In February, a 52-year-old man was charged with her murder. He denies the charge.

 

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