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Prison officer murder: Men were 'seen running from car'

Police have issued a fresh appeal in the hunt for the killers of murdered prison officer David Black, on the anniversary of his death.

Men were seen running from a car used to shoot a prison officer dead in Northern Ireland.
Men were seen running from a car used to shoot a prison officer dead in Northern Ireland. Credit: PSNI/PA Wire

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said today that men were seen running from the dark blue Toyota Camry used to shoot the 52-year-old dead in in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, as he drove to work at Maghaberry jail.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness said: "A number of men were seen running away from the Toyota Camry car."

He added: "I would also appeal to people in Cookstown to think about what they saw in the days and weeks before David's murder last year. Did you see any unusual activity around David's home or the places he frequented?

"I would remind people there is a reward of up to £10,000 available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."

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Man held over Northern Ireland prison officer murder

Police have arrested a man over the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.

The 52-year-old was shot as he drove to work on a motorway in Co Armagh on November 1. Dissident republicans claimed responsibility.

The father-of-two worked at the high security Maghaberry jail in Co Antrim.

Police said a man aged 36 was arrested today in Co Tyrone and taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

Mr Black was the first prison officer murdered in Northern Ireland for 20 years.

Children of David Black lead tributes to 'the wee man with the big smile'

David Black's son Kyle paid tribute to his father, calling him, "the wee man with the big smile," at his funeral service in Cookstown, county Tyrone.

 Prison officers carry the coffin to Molesworth Presbyterian Church of murdered colleague David Black
Prison officers carry the coffin to Molesworth Presbyterian Church of murdered colleague David Black Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

His daughter Kyra told mourners that she is very proud of her special hero and said that her love for him will be everlasting.

The family Minister told the congregation that David Black's killers were, "murderous thugs and bloodthirsty criminals."

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Son of murdered prison officer carries father's coffin

David Black's funeral cortège arrived at the Molesworth Presbyterian Church, lead by a lone piper.

The coffin was carried by prison officers and David Black's son Kyle, who will also speak during the service.

The family of David Black lead hundreds of mourners into church
The family of David Black lead hundreds of mourners into church Credit: UTV/ Marc Mallett

There was silence as the coffin was carried into the church for the service. Hundreds are gathered outside with the service being relayed on loud speaker.

Hundreds of mourners and politicians attend prison officer's funeral

Hundreds of people are gathering in the church grounds for the funeral of murdered prison officer David Black.

With Stormont suspended, many Members of the Legislative Assembly are attending the service.

Delegations from the Ulster Unionist Party, including leader Mike Nesbitt, are at the funeral.

Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) leader Jim Allister is also there.

Justice Minister, David Ford, arrives for funeral service
Justice Minister, David Ford, arrives for funeral service Credit: UTV/ Marc Mallett

Representatives from the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) are attending, including the party leader, Dr Alasdair McDonnell and the Environment Minister.

Sinn Fein will not be attending funeral.

Shops in Cookstown have closed and people have lined the streets to pay their respects.

Thousands expected at funeral of murdered prison officer

David Black was killed as he drove to work. Credit: PSNI/PA Wire

Thousands of mourners are expected today at the funeral of the first prison officer murdered by Northern Ireland paramilitaries for almost 20 years.

Cookstown in Mid Ulster will come to a standstill as former colleagues, friends and neighbours pay their respects to David Black, 52.

The married father of two was gunned down by suspected dissident republicans during last Thursday's high-speed motorway ambush as he drove to work at the high-security Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim.

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