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Man charged over 1981 policeman murder

A man was last night charged with the murder of a policeman shot dead by the IRA almost 30 years ago.

Police said the man, aged 54, who was arrested yesterday in the village of Swatragh, south Derry, would appear in court in Londonderry tomorrow. He has also been accused of possessing a gun with intent.

Father-of-two Reserve Constable John Proctor, 25, was gunned down by the IRA in the car park of the Mid Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, after visiting his wife, who had just given birth to a baby boy.

His wife was waving to him from her bedside window when her husband was ambushed.

Just hours before he was murdered on September 14 1981, Mr Proctor had been a pallbearer at the funeral of a UDR soldier friend gunned down, also by the IRA, in the neighbouring village of Maghera two days earlier.

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