Belfast Telegraph

Suspect held over murder in 1982 freed

By Staff Reporter

A man arrested by detectives investigating the IRA murder of a former UDR man in 1982 has been freed.

The PSNI said the 54-year-old detained in relation to the murder of James Gibson was released on Tuesday pending a report to the PPS.

Mr Gibson was a bus driver who was gunned down in front of school children. He 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.

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 Land Rover was caught in an explosion in Ardboe. He left the UDR in 1980 and was the 36th former member to be killed.

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