Two men appear in court on rioting charges the night Lyra McKee was killed

A mural of Lyra McKee in Belfast Credit: David Young/PA

Two men have appeared in court charged with rioting offences in Londonderry the night journalist Lyra McKee was killed.

Paul McIntyre, 51, has been charged with riot, petrol bomb offences and arson of a hijacked vehicle.

Christopher Gillen, 38, has been charged with riot, petrol bomb offences and the arson and hijacking of a tipper truck.

Both men were refused bail 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. “