The 58 year man being sought by police in connection with the murder of Barry Mc Crory in Derry last week has been arrested.
Kieran Mc Laughlin was first spotted in Donegal at around 9 o’clock last night. He was driving a silver car, which was tracked by gardai as far as the border. When he crossed into Derry, the PSNI followed him to Fern Park in Galliagh.
There, he abandoned the car before stealing another vehicle. A short time later, specialist fire arms officers moved in and arrested him as he hid behind another vehicle.
The operation was led by Chief Inspector Andy Lemon, who says there were no shots fired, and no-one was no-one hurt. He says over 100 police officers were involved in the operation, with a substantial number of gardai also involved.
One firearm was recovered at the scene, and police believe there may be another one in the car. The area remains sealed off as police carry out further searches, with a number if houses evacuated this morning as searches continue.
Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has paid tribute to the PSNI and Garda officers who have been involved in the search for Kieran Mc Laughlin since last Thursday.
He says the arrest in the early hours was the most desireable end to what’s been a fearful five days for many people……….