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Replacement for Northern Ireland's top prosecutor named

Northern Ireland's Attorney General has named Barra McGrory's successor as the region's top prosecutor.

Mr McGrory announced in May he was to step down from the post in the Autumn.

On Friday, John Larkin QC announced the role would be filled by the acting deputy Stephen Herron.

Speaking about Herron's appointment, the Attorney General said, "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Herron as the new Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.

"It is an agreeable duty to pay tribute to Barra McGrory on his retirement as Director and to thank him for generous and committed public service in that role.”

Stephen Herron said it was "an honour" to take on the role, heading up an organisation for whom he had worked for 15 years.