Police warn public about murder suspect

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison speaking during this evening's press conference at Strand Road Police Station. (DER4113PG046)

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison speaking during this evening's press conference at Strand Road Police Station. (DER4113PG046)

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The PSNI have issued a renewed appeal for help in tracking down a 58 year-old Derry man at the centre of a cross-border manhunt following the murder of a man in the city on Thursday.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison urged the public to report any sightings of Kieran McLaughlin, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Barry McCrory.

The senior detective also warned people not to approach McLaughlin.

Police on both sides of the border have been searching for the 58 year-old ex-prisoner since Friday.

DCI Harrison said; “We are continuing to appeal to the public for their assistance in establishing the current whereabouts of 58 year-old Kieran McLaughlin. I can confirm there have been a number unconfirmed sightings of Mr McLaughlin in the Derry area but it is imperative that future sightings of Kieran are reported to police immediately. I reiterate to the public not to approach him but to contact police on 999 if you think you know of his whereabouts.”

In a direct appeal to McLaughlin, the detective added; “I would also emphasise to Kieran to contact police immediately as we are actively seeking to speak with you. It is our wish that this matter is resolved without further incident.”

Kieran McLaughlin is described as being 5’7” tall, of medium build, with blue eyes and grey hair.