PSNI officer attempted murder probe: Man arrested in Derry

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Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with the attempted murder of an off duty police officer in Derry last year.

A viable Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (UVIED) was discovered at the home of the officer in the Ardanlee area on February 22, 2017.

The man was arrested in the Creggan area on Tuesday morning under the Terrorism Act and has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite where he is being questioned by police.

This is the fifth person to be arrested to date.

The officer leading the investigation Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “If this device had exploded with our colleague and his young family in the car it would have had devastating consequences.

“We believe the New IRA are responsible for this cowardly attack during which they put the safety of all members of the community at risk as the device was left in a residential area and could have exploded at any time.

“I would like to thank the public for their assistance to date but I believe there are still people in the community who hold vital pieces of information that could assist police and I would appeal to them to make contact with Detectives on 101 or alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”