Man held over women's deaths

Police have been given an additional 36 hours to question a 66-year-old man about the deaths of three of his former girlfriends who all died in suspicious circumstances in a rural town in Northern Ireland.

Man faces more questions over ex-partners' deaths

The craftsman is being questioned at Antrim police station over the deaths of the three women over the course of the past 11 years. Credit: Google Street View

Detectives in Northern Ireland have been given an additional 36 hours to question stone mason Leslie Ross about the deaths of three of his former girlfriends.

The 66-year-old was arrested yesterday morning in the rural town of Dromore and is being held at Antrim police station, where he is being quizzed by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's serious crime branch.

Stone mason continues to be quizzed over three deaths

A stone mason continues to be held over the suspicious deaths of three of his former girlfriends in a rural town in Northern Ireland.

Leslie Ross, 66, from Dromore, Co Down, was detained in the quiet market town in connection with the three fatal incidents over a 10-year period.

Michelle Bickerstaff, 47, died in April last year; Margaret Weise, 50, in August 2007 and Lily McKee, 52, in December 2002.

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Daughter 'wants to see justice' over mum's death

Leslie Ross is being quizzed over the deaths of his former partners Lily McKee (above), Margaret Weise and Michelle Bickerstaff. Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

The daughter of one of the three women whose deaths are being investigated by police in Northern Ireland has said her mother was in a relationship with suspect Leslie Ross for 11 years.

Jenny Dickson said her mother, Lily McKee, was a "great person" who did charity work and supported the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

She said the divorcee was fun, active and kind, with a good sense of humour, who maintained her own flat in Dromore but lived with Ross from time to time.

"I know that the police have been working hard with these cases and I am not prepared to give any details as I would not want to jeopardise their inquiry and we want to see justice," Ms Dickson added.

Craftsman Leslie Ross quizzed over women's deaths

A local MP said the quiet market town of Dromore, County Down, is in shock at the developments. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The man being questioned tonight about the suspicious deaths of three of his former girlfriends in a rural town in Northern Ireland has been identified as stone mason Leslie Ross.

The 66-year-old, from Meganlis Park not far from Dromore's town square, has been confirmed as the man who was arrested last year in the wake of the death of Michelle Bickerstaff. He was later released unconditionally.

Ms Bickerstaff's death in April last year followed the deaths of Margaret Weise in August 2007 and Lily McKee in December 2002.

Today's arrest of Ross came after detectives carried out a review of the three separate cases.

Man quizzed by detectives about ex-girlfriends' deaths

The 66-year-old man arrested over the deaths of three of his former girlfriends has been taken to Antrim police station to be questioned by district-based detectives.

The investigation is being led by the Lurgan (County Armagh) force rather than specialist officers from Northern Ireland's Serious Crime Branch, which normally heads up probes into major criminal acts in the region.

The suspect is being questioned at Antrim police station. Credit: Google Street View

Police have confirmed a 64-year-old man was arrested following the death of one of the women, 47-year-old Michelle Bickerstaff, in April last year and was later released unconditionally.

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Man arrested over deaths of three former girlfriends

The 66-year-old was arrested in Dromore, a small market town around 14 miles southwest of Belfast, where all three women died. Credit: Google Maps

A man has been arrested over the deaths of three of his former girlfriends, all of whom died in the same rural town in Northern Ireland between 2002 and 2012.

The 66-year-old was held in Dromore, County Down, in relation to the deaths of Michelle Bickerstaff, 47, in April last year; Margaret Weise, 50, in August 2007 and Elizabeth McKee, 52, in December 2002.

All three died in suspicious circumstances but the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has not described their deaths as murders.