Northern Ireland

Two men held over 1974 RUC inspector's murder

Insp William Elliott
Image caption Insp Bill Elliott was shot whilst investigating a bank robbery

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a police inspector in Newtownabbey in 1974.

Insp Bill Elliott was shot dead while investigating a bank robbery in Rathcoole.

The men, aged 58 and 61, were arrested on Wednesday morning and taken to Antrim PSNI station for questioning.

The PSNI's Serious Crime Branch reopened the case into the murder in October 2011 following a review by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

Insp Elliott, 48, was driving on his own when he heard news that a robbery was under way at the Ulster Bank in the Rathcoole estate.

The RUC officer raced to the scene and died after a shoot-out with members of the Official IRA.

Detectives said they were armed with two submachine guns and a pistol.

Insp Elliott was posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

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