Police given extra time to question soldier over murder

A soldier who died at Tern Hill Barracks in Shropshire at the weekend has been named by police as Corporal Geoffrey McNeill. A fellow soldier has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police given extra time to question soldier over murder

Detectives have been given more time to question a soldier arrested on suspicion of murdering one of his comrades in Shropshire.

The 23-year-old soldier was arrested at the Ternhill army barracks after Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead on Saturday morning.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead at Clive Barracks in Ternhill, Shropshire
Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead at Clive Barracks in Ternhill, Shropshire Credit: West Mercia Police

Magistrates today granted officers more time to question him. He can now be kept in custody until 11am tomorrow.

Det Insp Steve Tonks issued a fresh appeal for anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.

He said additional tests were being carried out today to try to determine the cause of death.

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Soldier served country with 'highest degree of honour'

One of Corporal McNeil's three brothers, Jason, has paid tribute to his brother on behalf of his family.

In a statement released by West Mercia Police, he said: "Geoff was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland and dedicated his life to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. He served his country with the highest degree of honour and dedication.

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

“The family would like to give thanks for the continued support of the army, police and all who knew and loved Geoff. Our love for him remains as strong as ever. Rest in peace soldier. Faugh-a-Ballagh.”

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Soldier found dead at barracks named by police

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead at Tern Hill Barracks in Shropshire. Credit: West Mercia Police

A soldier who died at Tern Hill Barracks in Shropshire at the weekend has been named by police as Corporal Geoffrey McNeill.

Corporal McNeill was found dead in a building at Clive Barracks shortly after 9am on Saturday

A 23-year-old serving soldier from the barracks has been arrested on suspicion of murder by West Mercia Police.

Clive Barracks murder: victim and suspect both soldiers

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the man found dead at Clive Barracks in Ternhill was a serving soldier within the 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment.

A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder is also a serving soldier based at the barracks.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said:

"We can confirm the victim was someone from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment and we are assisting West Mercia Police with their inquiries.

"Our thoughts are with the family, but it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

The dead soldier is from the same battalion deployed only last month to help flood-stricken communities in Worcestershire after record amounts of rain fell across the UK.

Members of the unit met Prime Minister David Cameron when he toured some of the county's flood defences last month.

Man arrested after body found in army barracks

A murder investigation has been launched in Shropshire after the body of a 32-year-old man was found at Army barracks in Ternhill, near Market Drayton.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody at Shrewsbury police station.

The body was found in a building at Clive Barracks just after 9am on Saturday morning.

Detective Inspector Steve Tonks said today:

“We have made an arrest in connection with the death. The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are continuing.

"A post mortem conducted by a Home Office pathologist was held yesterday and further examination and tests are being carried out to help establish the cause of death.

“I am appealing for any information which might assist the police investigation. Contact Shrewsbury CID by calling 101 as a matter of urgency”.

– Detective Inspector Steve Tonks, West Mercia Police

Shropshire coroner Mr John Ellery has been informed.