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One arrested, another released after ex-IRA chief shot dead

Forensic officers at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man has been arrested and another released following the fatal shooting of a former IRA commander in Belfast.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said a 27-year-old man had been detained on Wednesday evening in relation to the murder of Gerard "Jock" Davison, who was gunned down in the street a day earlier.

A 41-year-old man arrested earlier has been released without charge, the force said on Twitter.

Earlier, police appealed for the public's assistance after Davison, a 47-year-old grandfather and father of three, was shot numerous times while walking in the staunchly-republican Markets area close to the city centre.

As the IRA officer commanding in Belfast, he was among the best-known republican figures in the city.


Lib Dem battle bus egged on eve of election

Nick Clegg's election battle bus has been egged on the final stop of its campaign tour.

Egg is seen dripped down the side of the Lib Dem battle bus. Credit: ITV News

The Liberal Democrat leader travelled 1,000 miles across the country in a late bid to win votes today.

Tonight he flew from the Highland town of Thurso down to Sheffield, where he will be contesting his Hallam seat in Thursday's poll.


Cameron and Miliband give final speeches of campaign

The Conservatives and Labour have brought their general election campaigns to a close with final rallying speeched from the party leaders ahead of the polls opening tomorrow.

David Cameron gives his final rally speech of the campaign Credit: PA

In the crucial marginal seat of Carlisle, Tory leader David Cameron appealed to voters for more time to build a better Britain in the "generation-defining" election.

He told them he was not a "demented accountant" obsessed with getting rid of the deficit, but said he aimed to make life better for working people.

It comes down to a choice of leadership. Whether you want me to continue leading our country and taking it forward, or whether you want Ed Miliband to go back to the start and waste all the work of the last five years.

Do you want the people who are fixing the economy, or the people who wrecked our economy?

– David Cameron
Ed Miliband spoke to voters in Leeds Credit: PA

Meanwhile in Leeds, Labour leader Ed Miliband accused his rival of having "ducked and dived, evaded and avoided" in a bid to "hide the truth" about further cuts.

He told voters the UK could not afford another five years under the Conservatives.

Five years of food banks spreading across our country. Five years of falling wages for working people. Five years of rising bills for millions of families. Five years of an epidemic of zero hours contracts. Five years of the dream of home ownership shrinking from sight.

– Ed Miliband, Labour
Nick Clegg completed his 1000-mile journey Credit: ITV News

And Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg marked the end of his campaign with a 1,000-mile journey between two of the party's most outer-lying contested seats.

He made the journey from Land's End, where former Lib Dem MP for St Ives Andrew George is standing, to John O'Groats, where former Lib Dem MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, John Thurso, is defending his seat.

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