Soldier found dead at barracks named by police

A soldier who died at Tern Hill Barracks in Shropshire at the weekend has been named by police as Corporal Geoffrey McNeill. A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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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 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.

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.

MoD express condolences to soldier's family

The Ministry of Defence has sent its condolences to the family of a soldier whose body was found at Clive Barracks in Shropshire on Saturday.

A murder inquiry has been launched by West Mercia Police following the death of the 32-year-old, and a 23-year-old man has been arrested.

A spokesman said:

Our thoughts are with the family and friends affected at this difficult time. We are assisting West Mercia Police with their investigation and it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after soldier death

The 32-year-old victim was found dead at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire. Credit: Google Maps

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a soldier was discovered at an Army barracks.

The 32-year-old victim was found dead at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire at about 9am on Saturday.

The soldier was a member of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, the Ministry of Defence said.

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