Northern Ireland

Three arrests over 1987 McCausland murder in Belfast

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Image caption 23-year-old Lorraine McCausland was last seen alive in a loyalist club at Tyndale in north Belfast

Police investigating the rape and murder of Lorraine McCausland in north Belfast 30 years ago have made three arrests.

Two men, aged 49 and 56, were arrested in Scotland and a 53-year-old man was arrested in England. They will be taken to Northern Ireland for interview.

The body of Lorraine McCausland, a mother-of-two, was found beside a stream in Forthriver on 8 March 1987.

The 23-year-old was last seen alive in a loyalist club at Tyndale.

Police believe Ms McCausland, who had been on a night out, was raped in the club before she was "savagely beaten" and her body dumped.

The PSNI re-opened the investigation into the murder last November.

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Image caption Lorraine McCausland's body was found beside a stream in Forthriver on 8 March 1987

Fourteen people were arrested during the original investigation but no-one was charged.

Detectives conducted 29 searches and took more than 100 witness statements.

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Image caption Police have said the 'shadow of loyalist paramilitarism hangs over this case' due to where Lorraine McCausland was last seen

Lorraine McCausland's son, who was aged just two, when she was killed, was himself murdered 18 years later, in July 2005.

Image caption Lorraine McCausland's son, Craig, was killed by loyalists 18 years after his mother's murder

Craig McCausland died after being shot in Dhu Varren Park in north Belfast and the killing was blamed on tensions within loyalism by police.

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