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Man arrested over 1997 murder of RUC officer

A man in his 40s has been arrested over the 1997 murder of RUC constable Darren Bradshaw

A MAN has been arrested over the murder 21 years ago of a policeman in Belfast.

RUC constable Darren Bradshaw was shot dead in the Parliament bar in Dunbar Street at 10pm on Friday May 9 1997.

Detective Inspector Debbie Eakin said: "It was reported at the time that two men entered the premises and while one stayed in the lobby, the other entered the bar and shot Constable Bradshaw three times. The men escaped in a red Toyota car. Constable Bradshaw died at the scene.

“The arrested man is in his 40s and is currently in police custody in Coleraine.

“Mr Bradshaw’s family have been made aware of the arrest.”

The INLA claimed responsibility for the killing at the city centre nightclub.

The Parliament Bar was one of the city's best known gay pubs.

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