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  • 27 November 2012, 3:29

Man Arrested Over NI Policeman Murder

A man has been arrested in Milton Keynes in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Northern Ireland police officer Ronan Kerr in April 2011.

The Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the 22-year-old man, from Omagh, is being questioned at a police station in England.

A statement said: "A 22-year-old man from Omagh has been arrested in England as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr and linked incidents.

"The arrest took place in Milton Keynes earlier this evening and was made by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit at the request of PSNI Serious Crime Branch detectives.

"A number of searches carried out in Omagh and Cumbria earlier today have been completed. A number of items have been seized for examination.

"These include a lorry, which was stopped in Milton Keynes."

Catholic new recruit PC Kerr was killed in a car bomb attack by dissident republicans at his home in County Tyrone in April last year.

He was killed when he opened the door of his car, triggering the device.

His murder prompted condemnation from all political sides in Northern Ireland, while hundreds attended his funeral.