Shropshire

Soldier held over Cpl Geoffrey McNeill barracks murder

Geoffrey McNeill
Image caption Cpl McNeill was found dead at Clive Barracks on Saturday

A soldier has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a corporal was found dead at an army barracks in Shropshire.

The dead man has been named as Cpl Geoffrey McNeill, of the First Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment.

The 32-year-old from Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, was found dead in a building at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, near Market Drayton on Saturday.

Tests are being carried out to establish the cause of his death.

The arrested soldier, a 23-year-old man based at the barracks, is in custody at Shrewsbury police station.

Det Insp Steve Tonks, of West Mercia Police, said: "The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are continuing."

Capt Jay Walker, of the First Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, based at Tern Hill, said next of kin had been informed and civilian police were handling the investigation.

The Army would give police every assistance, he said.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family at this difficult time," he said.

Image caption Police said investigations were at a very early stage

One of Cpl McNeill's three brothers said the soldier had "dedicated his life" to his battalion.

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

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