Police have launched a murder investigation and arrested a 23-year-old soldier after the body of another member of the armed forces was found at a barracks in Shropshire. The 32-year-old victim was found in a building at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, near Market Drayton, on Saturday morning.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the male victim was a member of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment. Tests are being carried out to establish the cause of his death. The arrested soldier is in custody at Shrewsbury police station. The man arrested on suspicion was also a serving soldier based at the site near Market Drayton. The Army confirmed the victim is a soldier and expressed its condolences.
Detective inspector Steve Tonks, of West Mercia Police, said, “The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are continuing. A post mortem conducted by a Home Office pathologist was held yesterday and further examination and tests are being carried out to help establish the cause of death.”
Capt Jay Walker, of the First Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, based at Tern Hill, said that next of kin have been informed and police were handling the investigation. The Army would give police every assistance. He also added, “Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family at this difficult time.”