Lyra McKee Two men charged with riot and petrol bomb offences

“A friend to all, a gentle innocent soul who wouldn’t wish ill on anyone. Such a warm and innocent heart, she was the greatest listener, someone who had time for everyone.” Two men have been charged with riot and petrol bomb offences as part of the investigation into the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.The Police Service of Northern Ireland said one of the men, 51, was also charged with arson of a hijacked vehicle, and the other, 38, with the arson and hijacking of a tipper truck.Both men will appear at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.Ms McKee was shot dead while watching disturbances in Londonderry last month. Dissident republican group the New IRA said its members carried out the killing.Two youths aged 15 and 18 who had been arrested in connection with the investigation have been released without charge.The PSNI said: “The charges relate to violent disorder in the Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry on Thursday 18th April as part of the investigation into the murder of Lyra McKee.”Ms McKee’s family paid tribute to her last month, describing her as having a “warm and innocent heart”.”On Thursday 18th April our beautiful Lyra was taken from us,” a tribute from her mother Joan, brothers Gary and David, and sisters Joan Hunter, Nichola Corner and Mary Crossan said.”A daughter, a sister, an aunt, a great-aunt, a partner, a niece, a cousin, and above all, a best friend and confidante to so many of us. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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