Man detained in Strabane is released and immediately re-arrested

A 32 year old man detained in the Strabane area yesterday has been released and immediately re-arrested.

Police say the man had been arrested by detectives from PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation. That was done as part of an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity linked to the Irish Republican Movement and New IRA.

Detectives have confirmed the man has been rearrested under Police And Criminal Evidence legislation and continues to be questioned at Musgrave Police Station.

Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin said: “The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of benefits fraud and being involved in an illegal lottery described as ‘E2 Republican Prisoners Portlaoise’.

“Police would take this opportunity to advise members of the public not to purchase these lottery tickets as they are illegal and are funding organised criminality and terrorism.”