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19 cops called as witnesses in Arkinson civil case

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Nineteen police witnesses have been called to give evidence in a case brought against Northern Ireland's Chief Constable by the sister of murdered schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson.

Kathleen Arkinson has launched civil action against police in the region for the alleged way she was treated by officers investigating her sister's disappearance more than 20 years ago.

Police dug up the bereaved sister's garden and searched her home following a false tip-off that Arlene was buried there.

During a brief hearing at a civil court in Omagh it emerged that 23 witnesses are to give evidence in Ms Arkinson's case against the PSNI.

Nineteen are police witnesses, the court was told.

Several of the PSNI's witnesses flew in from London for the civil hearing, due to take place yesterday. However, it was adjourned until September.

Afterwards Ms Arkinson said: "I've been waiting since 1996 - when they dug up my garden and held me in my house - for my day in court. I can wait another few months."

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