Northern Ireland

Four arrested over UVF north Belfast murders released

Eamon Fox, 44, and Gary Convie, 24, were shot dead by the Ulster Volunteer Force
Image caption One of the men was also questioned about the murders of Eamon Fox, 44, and Gary Convie, 24, in north Belfast in May 1994

Four men arrested over loyalist paramilitary murders in north Belfast have been released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

The men, aged 40, 42, 47 and 51 were arrested in north Belfast on Monday.

All four were questioned about the murder of 55-year-old Sean McParland in February 1994.

The 47-year-old man was also questioned about the murders of Gary Convie, 24, and Eamon Fox, 44, in May 1994.

Mr Convie and Mr Fox were shot while they were sitting in their car at a building site in North Queen Street on 17 May 1994.

Mr McParland was shot in Skegoneill Avenue in February 1994 while babysitting. He died a week later.

Several properties were also searched during the police operation in north Belfast on Monday morning.

Police said the arrests were part of Operation Stafford, an investigation into a series of murders and other serious crimes by the UVF in north Belfast.