Man freed in hunt for Shiels killer

Police investigating the murder of a pizza delivery man shot dead by dissident republicans said today they released a man being questioned over the killing.

A 33-year-old man was released by officers investigating the murder of Emmett Shiels, 22, in Derry, while a 17-year-old is still in custody.

Army technical officers also removed a car found in the Ballyarnett area of the city for further examination.

Members of the INLA have been blamed for the attack in the early hours of Tuesday which provoked outrage in Derry.

Mr Shiels, who police said was completely innocent, was shot in the stomach on the Creggan estate after an altercation with a gang of masked men who had been set to attack somebody else.

There has been widespread condemnation of the murder, with the young victim's partner pregnant with their first child.

Northern Ireland Chief Constable Hugh Orde has already warned of the threat from dissident republican groups opposed to the peace process.

“They are very much disrupted by police activity and indeed by security service activity. Over 30 have been arrested this year,” he said today.

“But I have also described it as the endgame. These are people who are, whilst disrupted and lashing out, are very dangerous on the back of that.”

He told the BBC: “We don’t underestimate the threat, but does that mean it’s going to unravel everything that has been achieved? Not in a million years.”

Five police officers have survived gun and bomb attacks launched by dissident republican groups in the North this year.


More in this Section

Cork gardaí seize cash and drugs in separate raidsCork gardaí seize cash and drugs in separate raids

HSE: Coronavirus outbreak an 'emerging, rapidly evolving situation'HSE: Coronavirus outbreak an 'emerging, rapidly evolving situation'

Alcoholic father gets suspended sentence for leaving daughters in guesthouse to go drinking and hitting one of themAlcoholic father gets suspended sentence for leaving daughters in guesthouse to go drinking and hitting one of them

'This is a national crisis' - Drogheda families speak ahead of protest against criminality and violence'This is a national crisis' - Drogheda families speak ahead of protest against criminality and violence


Lifestyle

Falsies don’t have to be fiddly, says Katie Wright.5 common myths about false lashes

Hiring professional designers to guide you through a home revamp can get you what you want, which doesn’t necessarily have to be what TV home improvement shows tell us, writes Carol O’Callaghan.What a professional interior designer can do for you when planning a home revamp

Kya deLongchamps turns the spotlight on countertop stars to look out for in the last throes of the January sales.Counter culture: Some star kitchen appliance buys

The model, presenter and musician chats to Lauren Taylor about how different it is having a newborn in her 40s.Myleene Klass on her post-baby body: ‘I’ve got two stone to lose but I won’t berate myself’

More From The Irish Examiner