Belfast Telegraph

Prison CCTV 'broke down 783 times'

Security cameras in Northern Ireland prisons broke down 783 times in the last five years, it has been revealed.

Systems at Maghaberry are not fully operating because of obsolete technology, information obtained from the Prison Service confirmed.

An inquiry into the murder in prison of loyalist leader Billy Wright this month said security cameras were not working at the time he was shot.

SDLP MLA Tommy Burns obtained the data.

"I appreciate that no technology is 100% flawless and problems will always occur, but I am very concerned that CCTV systems seem to be breaking down in our prisons with alarming regularity," he said.

"Questions must be asked about the reliability of the equipment being used and immediate action must be taken to solve this problem."

Wright, the head of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF), was shot by republican prisoners in December 1997 inside one of the world's most secure jails at the Maze.

His family say he was a victim of collusion between prison authorities, the security services and police.

The four-year inquiry costing almost £30 million addressed those claims and confirmed that security cameras were not working.

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