Fresh searches in schoolboy murder probe

Detectives hunting the killers of a Northern Ireland schoolboy today carried out new searches.

Detectives hunting the killers of a Northern Ireland schoolboy today carried out new searches.

Thomas Devlin, 15, was knifed to death in Belfast after going out to buy sweets with friends last August.

He was stabbed five times in the back during the attack as he walked along the Somerton Road, close to his home in the north of the city.

At the time police said a sectarian motive was one of several being considered.

And today, weeks after officers seized items during searches in the nearby Mount Vernon district, a loyalist paramilitary stronghold, they returned to the area.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman confirmed: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Thomas Devlin at Somerton Road in north Belfast on August 11 last year are today carrying out searches in the Mount Vernon area of north Belfast.”

Detectives have said the prime suspects in the inquiry were two young men seen with a black and white dog.

Although several people have been questioned about the Belfast Royal Academy student’s murder, no-one has been charged.

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