The discontinued prosecution of a military veteran known as Soldier F for two murders and several attempted murders on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972 is to resume, Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service has announced.

Earlier this year, the High Court in Belfast overruled a decision by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to drop charges against the former paratrooper.

And earlier this month, the court rejected the PPS's bid to have its appeal referred to the UK Supreme Court.

The PPS has now reviewed its position and has decided to resume the prosecution.

The PPS announced last year it was halting the prosecution of Soldier F for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney amid concerns the case could collapse in light of a separate court ruling on the admissibility of evidence which caused the collapse of another Troubles murder trial involving two former soldiers.

The McKinney family then successfully challenged the original decision by prosecutors by way of judicial review.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Agnew said: "I am very conscious of the upset caused to the Bloody Sunday families by the PPS decision to withdraw proceedings against Soldier F last year.

"It is our role to keep under review the evidence presented in every case.

"This case has presented difficult and complex legal issues for prosecutors, as was acknowledged by the Divisional Court."

Lawyers for the McKinney family said they had been informed that proceedings would resume next week.

Mickey McKinney, brother of William McKinney, said: "We are delighted that the prosecution of Soldier F will resume next week.

"We hope that the PPS secure an early date for the resumption of the committal proceedings and that Soldier F is returned for trial to the Crown Court without further delay.

"We hope to meet with the PPS to discuss the future progress of the case in the coming weeks."

The Soldier F prosecution is next listed for review at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on 27 September.