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Judges throw out £1bn claim against PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott

A man who claimed "verified criminals" were allowed to join the PSNI has failed in a final bid to sue Chief Constable Matt Baggott for £1bn.

Northern Ireland's most senior judge rejected William John Morrow's appeal against having his action thrown out of the High Court.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: "It doesn't appear to us that Mr Morrow has an arguable case with a reasonable prospect of success."

Representing himself, Mr Morrow brought a lawsuit over police recruitment processes.

Proceedings initiated against Mr Baggott and Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie sought awards of £1bn and £40m.

He claimed it was a breach of human rights to replace RUC George Cross Medal officers with others from Strathclyde Police.

Mr Morrow alleged that "verified criminals" had been allowed into the PSNI.

With two separate judges having already rejected his case, he brought a final challenge before the Court of Appeal.

The three-judge panel decided to refuse his application without hearing from the proposed respondents.

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