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Retired soldier arrested for 1974 shooting of Armagh man with learning difficulties

Shot: John Pat Cunningham
Shot: John Pat Cunningham

A retired British soldier has been arrested by detectives investigating the shooting of a man with learning difficulties in Northern Ireland in 1974.

John Pat Cunningham, 27, was shot by the Army in a field in Benburb, Co Armagh.

The 73-year-old suspect was detained in England. He is being taken to Northern Ireland for questioning at the police's Serious Crime Suite in Antrim.

The case was re-opened by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and a murder investigation started following a re-examination of the available evidence.

Mr Cunningham had a fear of men in uniform and was running away from an Army patrol when he was shot.

The Government apologised for his death in 2013.