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Man arrested over Kingsmill massacre released pending report to PPS

Eight of the ten men murdered at Kingsmill. Top row, from left, Robert Chambers, John Bryans, Joseph Lemmon and James McWhirter. Bottom row, from left, Walter Chapman, John McConville, Kenneth Worton and Reggie Chapman.
John Monaghan

A MAN arrested as part of the investigation into the Kingsmill massacre has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

The 59-year-old man was arrested in Newry on Friday and taken to Belfast for questioning about the 1976 murder of the 10 Protestant workmen and attempted murder of an eleventh man, Alan Black, who was left seriously injured.

On Saturday evening, police confirmed the man had been released without charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said: "Our investigation into Kingsmill continues and I would again appeal to anyone with information to contact Legacy Investigation Branch officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111."

The arrest at the weekend was the first since the investigation was reopened shortly after an inquest into the killings was launched, following a 13-year campaign by victims' relatives.

The men were murdered on January 5 1976 after their mini-bus was stopped near the Co Armagh village.

They were travelling home from work in a textile factory when they were ambushed.

A Catholic man who was on the bus was ordered to leave before the shootings, which were widely blamed on the IRA.

At the end of May, days into the inquest, the PSNI revealed a potential match had been made to a palm print left on a getaway van used by the republican killers.

The Irish News revealed in June that the print had been matched to veteran republican Colm Murphy, who questioned why the PSNI had made the discovery 40 years later.

Mr Murphy (63) was not the man arrested at the weekend.

Some relatives questioned the timing of the announcement regarding the palm print, fearing it would affect the inquest.

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