Man Arrested for Two LI Murders in 1977

Man arrested 36 years after murder of Tees soldier[/h] 23 Aug 2013 21:03 A 54-year-old man has been questioned in connection with the murder of Private Richard Turnbull in Northern Ireland 36 years ago

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Teesside soldier in Northern Ireland 36 years ago.
Private Richard Turnbull, 18, of Guisborough was one of two soldiers killed in an ambush on North Howard Street, Belfast, in June 1977.

A 54-year-old suspect has been questioned about the gun attack on army vehicles that killed Private Turnbull and Michael Harrison, 19, who were both privates from Yorkshire serving with the Light Infantry.
The attack in 1977 also left two other military personnel injured.

The arrested man was detained in west Belfast by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's serious crime branch. He was taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

The teenage soldiers were just two days into a four month tour of duty in Northern Ireland when they were killed in a hail of bullets as the army patrol they were travelling in turned into the path of the waiting ambush.
A regimental padre and an officer were both injured in the attack, though not seriously.

Six people were charged in the wake of the shooting, with one sentenced to life for murder.

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