PSNI: East Derry Sinn Fein Councillor arrested in police swoop

The scene in Foreglen this morning where police have made arrests. INLV4814-126KDR

The scene in Foreglen this morning where police have made arrests. INLV4814-126KDR

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A Sinn Fein councillor from East Derry was arrested by police on Thursday morning in an operation investigating paramilitary activity in the Dungiven area over the past four years.

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating paramilitary activity around the Dungiven area arrested four men early on Thursday aged 31, 53,58 and 62. Detectives later arrested a further male aged 31 in the Antrim area.

Sinn Fein Councillor Sean McGlinchey confirmed to the ‘Journal’ among those arrested was a local Sinn Fein councillor. The ‘Journal’ is aware of the identity of the councillor arrested, but has chosen not to name that councillor at this time.

In a statement to the ‘Journal’, the PSNI said: “The suspects were detained at various properties this morning and a number of house searches are being carried out.”

Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings, from Serious Crime Branch, said: “We are investigating various forms of paramilitary activity in the area, predominantly over the last four years. These include shooting incidents and threats. The suspects have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.”

Colr. McGlinchey said: “It’s really too early to comment about these arrests. We will just have to wait and see why the arrests were made and what information the arrests were based on.”