OFFICERS from the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit investigating the illegal use of a lottery have raided the headquarters of Saoradh in Derry.
Saoradh confirmed on its Facebook page that Junior McDaid House in Chamberlain Street and the homes of three Saoradh activists were being raided by police.
The group, which is the political wing of the New IRA, added that “two activists” had been detained as part of the police probe.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit are investigating the illegal use of a lottery in the Derry area.”
Update: This afternoon Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Griffin of the TIU added : “This morning we searched five properties in the city in connection with an ongoing investigation into the illegal use of a lottery in the Derry area.
“We seized a sum of money and other items in connection with lottery activity.
“A 31 year old man was arrested this morning and has subsequently been released on bail pending further questioning.
“The investigation is continuing.”
The New IRA admitted it shot dead journalist Lyra McKee on Thursday, April 18, while she was observing a riot in Derry’s Creggan area.
After her brutal murder, friends of the author plastered the exterior of Junior McDaid house with red palm prints while senior New IRA chiefs looked on.