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Arrest in London over sectarian Belfast murder in 1976

Paul McNally
Paul McNally was killed in 1976

A MAN has been arrested in London in relation to a sectarian murder in Northern Ireland almost 40 years ago.

The man, who is originally from Belfast, is 60-years-old and is being questioned in relation to the death of father-of-two Paul McNally.

Mr McNally was gunned down in a shooting outside a bookmaker’s shop on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast in 1976.

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A second man was also seriously injured in the shooting.

A pair of gunmen fired on a group of men in what the police believe was a “random sectarian attack”. The gunmen later escaped in a hijacked car.

Mr McNally, a 26-year-old plumber, died two days later from his injuries. He was married with a four-year-old daughter and a five-month-old son.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch joined forces with officers from the Metropolitan Police Service to make the arrest in east London this morning (Tuesday).

The suspect is being interviewed at a police station in London.

A police spokesperson said: “The investigation was re-opened following the receipt of information and a number of preliminary enquiries.”

In February, a 55-year-old man was arrested in Belfast in relation to the murder. He was later released pending a report being sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

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Niall O’Sullivan is a reporter at The Irish Post. You can follow him on @Niall_IrishPost on Twitter

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