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Claudy bombing: Retired police in call for new probe

The association of former police officers wants Chief Constable Matt Baggott to launch an urgent new inquiry into the Claudy bombings

In a statement, the Northern Ireland Retired Police Officers' Association challenged some of the Ombudsman's findings into the 1972 atrocity which killed nine people.

It alleged that other relevant issues have been overlooked and claimed the rights of dead officers have not been properly protected.

The association has, for some time, been concerned at the use and perceived abuse of the privilege granted to the Office of the Police Ombudsman under Section 62 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 to issue narratives on investigations in the form of public statements.

A statement said: “The association has, as a consequence of its deep concern that such an incomplete record of the Claudy atrocity is now in the public domain, written to the Chief Constable urging a complete criminal re-investigation into all aspects of the bombings, in the hope that some offenders may still be brought to justice.”

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