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PC Ronan Kerr murder: Man arrested in Scotland

By Gemma Fox     Apr 6, 2011 in Crime
Police investigating the murder of PC Ronan Kerr in Northern Ireland have arrested a man in Scotland following a "significant arms find" in east Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
The arrest comes after police in Northern Ireland made a "very significant arms find" in Coalisland in east Tyrone.
The arrest comes on the same day of the funeral for PC Ronan Kerr who was killed outside his home on Saturday in Omagh when a device hidden in his Ford Mondeo exploded. The 25-year old newly qualified constable had been on his way to work at the time.
Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris said in a statement:
Within the last two hours a man has been arrested in Dumbartonshire in Scotland in connection with the find of weapons at Coalisland. This 26 year old suspect is being brought back to Northern Ireland for questioning. Colleagues from Strathclyde Police assisted PSNI detectives in the arrest operation.
He also confirmed that the arms find had been made within a number of stolen cars in a garage on Mountjoy Road. The statement lists the following as being found in the garage:
Four rifles, of the Kalashnikov variety
Ammunition, six loaded magazines
Timer Power Units
Detonators
Incendiary bombs
Components for rocket launchers and other explosive devices
And a quantity of explosives, possibly Semtex.
He also reminded the public that charity Crimestoppers had offered a reward of £50,000 for information that led to the convictions of those involved in the murder of PC Ronan Kerr.
STV News has reported that the 26-year old male suspect was apprehended at 1310hours this afternoon on Main Street, Renton, West Dunbartonshire.
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