Key to Ronan Kerr killers ‘in East Tyrone’

Constable Ronan Kerr was killed in an under-car bomb attack by dissident republicans at his home in Omagh

Constable Ronan Kerr was killed in an under-car bomb attack by dissident republicans at his home in Omagh

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The detective leading the investigation into the murder of young PSNI officer Ronan Kerr, says communities in East Tyrone and Omagh “hold the key” to bringing those responsible to justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings was speaking on the fourth anniversary of the 25 year-old police recruit’s murder.

Ronan Kerr, who also played GAA for his local club, died when a booby trap bomb exploded under his car as he left for work.

According to DCI Jennings, some 18 people have been arrested as part of the murder investigation, while 122 searches of houses, land and vehicles have been conducted.

She added: “Ronan’s murder is as devastating for his family today as it was four years ago. Their pain remains so devastating that they feel unable to talk publicly about their plight on the fourth anniversary.”

DCI Jennings continued: “Although a significant amount of progress has been made the key to putting people before a court charged with Ronan’s murder lies with local communities in Omagh and East Tyrone.”