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  • 10 March 2014, 20:30

Barracks Murder Probe: Dead Soldier Named

A soldier who police suspect was murdered at a barracks in Shropshire has been named as Corporal Geoffrey McNeill.

The 32-year-old, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill at 9am on Saturday.

A 23-year-old serving at the barracks has been arrested on suspicion of Corporal McNeill's murder.

Jason McNeill has paid tribute to his brother, who was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim.

"He served his country with the highest degree of honour and dedication," he said.

"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."

Detective Inspector Steve Tonks, of West Mercia Police, said: "The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are continuing."

A post-mortemexamination was carried out on Sunday, but police said further tests were needed to establish how he died.

An MoD 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."

Corporal McNeill was from the battalion deployed to help flood-stricken communities in Worcestershire last month.

Members of the unit met the Prime Minister when he toured flood defences at Upton-upon-Severn.

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