Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Man questioned over 1970s murder

PSNI officers have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of John Huddleston in 1973

A man has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service after being questioned by detectives investigating a sectarian murder in Northern Ireland almost 40 years ago.

The 62-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in Blackpool by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Serious Crime Branch, with the assistance of officers from Lancashire Police and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

He was held following a review by the Historical Enquiries Team into the shooting of John Huddleston in Durham Street, West Belfast, on March 24 1973.

Factory worker Mr Huddleston, a 28-year-old Catholic, was shot a number of times on his doorstep by loyalist paramilitaries as he returned from a night out.

His brother was wounded in the attack.

The suspect was taken to Manchester for questioning but was released on Tuesday night, police said.

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