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Arrest in London over sectarian murder in Belfast in 1976

Deric Henderson

Published 24/09/2013 | 10:18

A man was arrested in London today for questioning about a sectarian murder in Northern Ireland more than 35 years ago.

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He is aged 60 and originally from Belfast.

The man is being held for questioning about the murder of Paul McNally, 26, a Catholic who was shot dead by loyalists as he left a bookmaker's shop on Belfast's Crumlin Road in June 1976.

It is believed two gunmen opened fire on a group of men who were leaving the bookmaker's.

Mr McNally and another man sustained serious injuries.

Mr McNally, a plumber, died two days later in hospital. He was married and had a four-year-old daughter and a five-month-old son.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) serious crime branch, assisted by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, interviewed the man at a police station in London.

Police said the investigation was re-opened following the receipt of information and a number of preliminary inquiries.

In February, a man was arrested in Belfast and later released pending a report being sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

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