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PM urged to intervene over 'witch hunts'

By Rebecca Black

Up to 1,000 military veterans have marched on Downing Street demanding a "Churchill, not a Chamberlain" Prime Minister to step in and protect them from Troubles "witch hunts".

Northern Ireland MPs Danny Kinahan of the Ulster Unionists and the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson - both ex-Servicemen - were among the crowd who gathered at Westminster on Saturday before proceeding to Number 10.

Many wore their medals, or military ties and berets.

Mr Kinahan said many veterans are "very angry at being treated worse than terrorists".

"Now all MPs and Lords must take this seriously and end this travesty," he said.

The rally was organised by the group Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans, and ended with a letter, urging Mrs May to introduce a statute of limitations to curtail the prosecutions, being handed over at Downing Street.

The crowd was addressed by 75-year-old Dennis Hutchings from Cornwall, who has been charged with attempted murder over a fatal shooting in 1974.

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