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Soldier on corporal murder charge

A 23-year-old serving soldier has been charged with murdering a corporal found dead at their barracks.

West Mercia Police last night charged Richard Farrell with killing Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, whose body was discovered in an accommodation block at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire, at about 9am on Saturday.

Farrell, who has been in custody at Shrewsbury police station since his arrest at the weekend, is expected to appear at Telford Magistrates' Court later, the force said.

Cpl McNeill, of Ballymoney in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was unmarried.

One of his three brothers, Jason McNeill, paid tribute to the soldier, saying he was deeply loved by his family and had "dedicated his life" to the regiment.

"He served his country with the highest degree of honour and dedication," he said.

"He was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend, and touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

"The family would like to give thanks for the continued support of the Army, police and all who knew and loved Geoff.

"Our love for him remains as strong as ever. Rest in peace, soldier. Faugh a Ballagh."

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