Shropshire

Police given more time to question soldier held over barracks murder

Geoffrey McNeill Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Cpl McNeill was found dead at Clive Barracks on Saturday

Police have been given more time to question a soldier on suspicion of murder after a corporal was found dead at an army barracks in Shropshire.

The man, 23, who is serving at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, near Market Drayton, was arrested on Saturday.

Cpl Geoffrey McNeill, 32, of the First Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, from Ballymoney, County Antrim, was found dead in a barracks accommodation block.

Police said magistrates had granted them time to make further inquiries.

Det Insp Steve Tonks, from West Mercia Police, said: "We have a team of officers actively involved in piecing together the circumstances which led to Cpl McNeill's death.

"We urge anyone who has any information which might be relevant to contact us."

He added the force had until 11:00 GMT on Wednesday before the custody extension ran out.

The Ministry of Defence said: "We are assisting West Mercia Police with their investigation and it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time."

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