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Woman arrested in connection with attempted murder of PSNI Detective released on bail

DCI John Caldwell was attacked in Omagh, Co. Tyrone last month.

LAST UPDATE | 15 Mar 2023

A WOMAN IN her thirties who become the eleventh person arrested in connection to the attempted murder of PSNI Detective John Caldwell in Co Tyrone last month was released on bail this evening.

She was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting offenders following the search of a property in the Omagh area.

The woman has since been released on bail to allow for further enquiries.

A 45-year-old man, who was arrested in Belfast yesterday in connection with the same incident has been released following questioning.

Nine other men between the ages of 22 and 75 who were previously arrested in relation to the attempted murder have since been released following questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell was attacked shortly after 8pm on 22 February at a sports complex on the Killyclogher Road in Omagh.

He was putting footballs into the boot of his car and was accompanied by his young son when gunmen approached and fired multiple shots before fleeing the scene.

The investigation into the attempted murder is primarily focused on the New IRA after a typed message appeared on a wall in Derry, purportedly from the organisation and claiming responsibility for Caldwell’s attempted murder.

PSNI detectives have highlighted a £150,000 reward from Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the attack.

Information can be given to the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

The PSNI are also urging any members of the public with information on or video footage of the incident to get in touch by calling 101 or via

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