Northern Ireland

Man freed by police investigating murder of John Huddleston

A 62-year-old man arrested in England in connection with the murder of a Catholic man in Belfast almost 40 years ago has been released from custody.

John Huddleston was shot at the front door of his home in Durham Street, west Belfast, on 24 March 1973 as he returned from a night out.

The case was recently reviewed by the Historical Enquiries Team.

The man, arrested in Blackpool on Tuesday, has now been released pending a report to the PPS.

Detectives from the PSNI were assisted by officers from Lancashire Police and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

Mr Huddleston, who was 28 at the time of his death, was shot a number of times as he returned home with a takeaway for his disabled mother.

As he arrived home, two men drove up and fired a number of shots.

Mr Huddleston was employed in the Mackies foundry and lived with his mother and brother, who was wounded in the attack.

It is believed the UDA/UFF was responsible for Mr Huddleston's murder.