Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Claudy bombing: Anger as detectives tell victims probe has nowhere to go

The main street in Claudy after the 1972 bombing
The main street in Claudy after the 1972 bombing

A senior police officer investigating the Claudy bomb has told the families that all avenues have been exhausted and that unless new information is brought to them no one will ever be held accountable.

A number of relatives and victims of the 1972 Claudy atrocity met with PSNI officers including Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harrison, who said police have no where to to go with the investigation.

But Mark Aiken, brother of Kathryn Aiken (8), the youngest of those killed, insists there is still plenty the police could be doing to get justice for the victims.

He said: “If the police really have no where else to go in the search for those who planted the bomb, there are plenty of roads they could go down to get to the bottom of the cover up that followed it.

Kathryn Eakin was eight-years-old when she died in the Claudy bombing
Kathryn Eakin was eight-years-old when she died in the Claudy bombing

“I believe that there are still people who do not want the truth to come out about Claudy, and we saw a glimpse of that recently when the Attorney General, John Larkin, suggested we could see Government files about Claudy so long as we would never disclose to anyone what we saw.

“This has left me convinced that there must be something extremely incriminating in those files so for the police to now say they have no where to go on Claudy is not acceptable.”

Appealing for new information, a police spokesman said: “ACC Drew Harris accompanied by senior detectives met a number of families affected by the Claudy bombing on January 30.

“The investigation remains open but all available investigative options and actions have been exhausted. Police would continue to appeal to anyone with information about the Claudy bombing to come forward so that the people responsible for this atrocity are brought to justice.”

Among the victims who attended the meeting was Derry City Councillor Mary Hamilton who was hit with shrapnel as she tried to help the injured from the first two explosions.

She insists this is not the end of the road as far as she is concerned.

Cllr Hamilton explained: “While there is a breath in my body, I will continue in my pursuit of justice for everyone who was killed or injured in Claudy and I don't care if it was over 40 years ago, it is like it was yesterday to me.

“The police have been informative and have told us as much as they can, but there has to be people out there who can provide the missing link in the chain that would get this resolved.”

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