Cross-Border arrests in Black case

Wed, Dec 19, 2012, 00:00

Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Northern Ireland prison guard David Black following an intensive cross-Border investigation.

The suspects were taken into custody in Dublin and Antrim to be questioned in relation to last month’s killing in Co Armagh.

Sources have indicated that further arrests are anticipated as the result of a “very active and extremely co-operative” murder probe, driven by a wide-scale public rejection of a return to sectarian violence.

“After today’s arrests, that will draw up new evidence and see where that takes us,” a well-placed source said. “But it’s a very active investigation and extremely co-operative between the gardaí and the PSNI.”

Detectives from both forces have been working in unison to review every piece of evidence since the shooting on November 1st.

Yesterday gardaí questioned a 44-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman at Ballymun Garda station while the PSNI arrested a 36-year-old man in Co Tyrone. Mr Black (52) was shot on his way to work at Maghaberry Prison in Co Armagh. He became the first prison guard in Northern Ireland to be murdered in 20 years.