Forty-year-old Belfast sectarian murder enquiry revived after suspect interrogated in Manchester

By Dean Wilkins

A 40-year-old sectarian murder enquiry was revived after officers from the UK arrested and questioned a suspect in Manchester last night.

A 62-year-old man was arrested in Blackpool by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Serious Crime Branch, with the assistance of officers from Lancashire Police and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

He was held following a review by the Historical Enquiries Team into the shooting of John Huddleston in Durham Street, West Belfast, on March 24 1973.

Factory worker Mr Huddleston, a 28-year-old Catholic, was shot a number of times on his doorstep by loyalist paramilitaries after returning from a night out.

His brother was also wounded in the attack.

The suspect was taken to Manchester for questioning but was released on Tuesday night, police said.

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