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Police's secret documents bid 'is no cover-up'

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/03/2016

A police bid to withhold information from the Arlene Arkinson inquest is not about hiding embarrassing details, a top policeman has said.

Questioned by the Policing Board, Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said the application for Public Interest Immunity was "about protecting important areas of policing operations which we would seek to remain confidential so they can be used in other such serious crimes".

He added: "The reality is Robert Howard is not a singular or unique case. There will be other Robert Howards. (We need) covert investigative techniques to bring perpetrators before justice."

Coroner Brian Sherrard has yet to rule on the application.

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