Northern Ireland

Man arrested over murder of RUC inspector Bill Elliott

Image caption The Ulster Bank in Rathcoole where the robbery happened

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a police inspector in Newtownabbey in 1974.

Insp Bill Elliott was shot dead while investigating a bank robbery in Rathcoole.

Earlier this week, the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch reopened the case after a review by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) found potential new leads.

A 57-year-old man was arrested in north Belfast on Wednesday and taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

Insp Elliott, 48, was driving on his own when he heard news that a robbery was under way at the Ulster Bank in the Rathcoole estate.

The RUC officer raced to the scene and died after a shoot-out with members of the Official IRA.

Detectives said they were armed with two submachine guns and a pistol.

Insp Elliott was posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

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