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Man held over murder of David Clarke in 2001 released on bail

Published 30/11/2015

David Clarke, 26, was savagely beaten at his flat in north Belfast in June 2001 (PA/PSNI)
David Clarke, 26, was savagely beaten at his flat in north Belfast in June 2001 (PA/PSNI)

A man arrested by d etectives hunting the killer of a man with learning difficulties has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Officers investigating the murder of David Clarke in 2001 detained the 34-year-old suspect on Monday morning - less than 24 hours after announcing a fresh probe into the unsolved crime.

Mr Clarke, 26, described by police as "inoffensive and vulnerable", was savagely beaten at his flat in north Belfast in June 2001.

His body was found hours later by concerned friends who forced their way in to the property at Forthriver Road.

The suspect was arrested in north Belfast. He was later released on Monday afternoon.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson said: "I would continue to ask anyone with information to do the right thing and come forward with anything they know."

On Sunday, detectives said they had re-opened the investigation after receiving new information.

The murder was carried out between midnight and 4am on June 6 2001, when the killer or killers forced their way in to Mr Clarke's home.

It is understood a number of people were present in the flat at the time of the assault, including a woman.

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