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Man arrested in connection with police officer’s murder in Newry released unconditionally

Constable Colleen McMurray

A man who was arrested in connection with the murder of a police officer in Newry more than 30 years ago has been released.

The 59-year-old, who was arrested at Birmingham Airport in connection with the murder of Constable Colleen McMurray and the attempted murder of her colleague in a mortar attack along Merchant’s Quay in 1992, has been released unconditionally.

The man had been arrested under the Terrorism Act at Birmingham Airport, with the assistance of Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands on Wednesday, February 21.

The investigation continues.

Constable McMurray and her colleague – who suffered life-changing injuries – were returning to Corry Square Police Station after providing security support to officers entering the town for a change of shift, while also providing routine community policing.

It was standard operational practice at the time for RUC officers to provide this security support for their colleagues.

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