03/08/2005

Man arrested in connection with 1997 GAA murder

A 44-year-old man has been arrested in England in connection with the 1997 murder of a GAA official in Co Londonderry.

Sean Brown, 61, was shot dead after being abducted by the LVF on May 12th 1997 as he left his local GAA club in Bellaghy. His body was later found with his burnt out car near Randalstown.

Today's arrest was made at a house in the Whittleford area of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, early this morning. Police in Northern Ireland are awaiting to question the man who originally hails from the province.

Last month, a number of people were arrested by police in connection with their inquiries into the murder.

In June, detectives investigating Mr Brown's murder renewed an appeal for information about his death on BBC programme Crimewatch.

The programme featured appeals by Church of Ireland Archbishop, Robin Eames and Noble Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, originally from Bellaghy and a friend of the Brown family.

(MB/SP)

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