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Black watch soldier arrested over Mark Connolly's death

Pte Mark Connolly on the catwalk at New York Tartan Week in 2010
Image caption Pte Connolly appeared on the catwalk during New York Tartan Week in 2010

A Black Watch soldier has been arrested in connection with the death of Scottish soldier in Germany.

Pte Mark Connolly, 24, originally from Methil in Fife, died in hospital on 14 May after an alleged fight outside a pub in Paderborn.

He had served in Afghanistan with the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots).

It is understood a fellow soldier has been arrested by the Royal Military Police investigating the death.

Pte Connolly, who had been living in recent years in Inverness where his battalion is based, was in Germany doing a military driving course.

Two years ago he survived an explosion in Afghanistan that killed his colleague Pte Robert McLaren, 20, from Mull.

An army spokesman said: "I can confirm that a soldier has been arrested in connection with the death of Pte Connolly.

"A Royal Military Police investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

"Our thoughts are with the family of Pte Connolly."

Last year, Pte Connolly, who had also served in Iraq and Northern Ireland, appeared on the catwalk of New York's Tartan Week Dressed to Kilt fashion show wearing the traditional Black Watch tartan and uniform.

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