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O'Dowd calls on Ombudsman to resign

By Patrice Dougan

Angry relatives of people killed in controversial cases being investigated by the Police Ombudsman have handed in letters calling on him to resign.

Some 50 representatives from around 30 families staged a protest outside Al Hutchinson’s Belfast office yesterday.

Deputy First Minister John O'Dowd last night called on Mr Hutchinson to quit immediately.

Mr O'Dowd said he held talks about Mr Hutchinson's future with First Minister Peter Robinson.

The Office of the First and Deputy First Minister has the power to dismiss him, but Mr O'Dowd said Mr Hutchinson should go at once.

The protest followed a BBC Spotlight programme in which former chief executive of the Ombudsman’s office Sam Pollock said he thought Mr Hutchinson should resign over his failure to “fix” problems.

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