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Two arrested in Constable Ronan Kerr murder probe

Thursday, 18 May 2017

DETECTIVES from PSNI's Serious Crime Branch arrested two men under the Terrorism Act yesterday (Tuesday) in connection with the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr in April 2011.

A 27-year-old man was arrested in Omagh and a 40-year-old man was produced into police custody from prison. They have both been taken to Musgrave's Serious Crime Suite where they are currently being questioned by police.

The late Constable Kerr, originally from Drumduff, Beragh, was killed by a booby trap car bomb planted outside his home on April 2, 2011, on Omagh's Gortin Road on the outskirts of the town.

Constable Kerr was the second policeman to be killed since the Police Service of Northern Ireland was formed out of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 2001. He had joined in May 2010 and had been working in the community. No group has said that it carried out the bombing, but suspicion has fallen on dissident Republicans.

Politicians on all fronts condemned the attack, which the then British Prime Minister, David Cameron, called "wicked and cowardly".

The memory of the 25-year-old was honoured last week when His Royal Highness, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, unveiled a memorial at PSNI headquarters paying tribute to the sacrifice of officers killed in the line of duty.

On Wednesday last Prince Charles paid tribute to the "service and sacrifice" of the 13 police officers killed on duty since 2001 as he officially opened a garden of remembrance in their honour.

Current PSNI chief George Hamilton said it was a day of 'mixed feelings'.

"There is the pride and poignancy of the day but also the sadness of it," he said. "We have 13 names on the wall of this memorial garden and that is 13 devastated families and most of those families were able to join with us for this official opening.

"We were grateful, too, that the significance and size of the sacrifice was marked by the attendance of their royal highnesses."

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