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Arrest over 1982 IRA murder of bus driver

By Allan Preston

Police have arrested a man in connection with the 1982 IRA murder of a bus driver who was gunned down in front of school children.

James Gibson was 50 and a widowed father of seven when he died. The ex-UDR man had been driving a bus in Coalisland and stopped to leave school children off at the Annaghmore crossroads when two masked gunmen boarded the vehicle and opened fire.

Yesterday the PSNI said officers from the Legacy Investigation Branch arrested a 54-year-old man connected to the killings and he remains in custody.

At the time of Mr Gibson's death it was reported he tried to drive on, with the bus crashing in a ditch.

Several years earlier he was injured when his UDR Landrover was caught in an explosion in Ardboe. He left his old regiment in 1980 and was the 36th former UDR member to be killed.

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