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Sir Hugh Orde: I want Northern Ireland-style Historical Enquiries Team teams set up in Britain

By Deborah McAleese

Former PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has called for a Northern Ireland-style Historical Enquiries Team (HET) to be established in England and Wales.

Sir Hugh, who is now president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, was responsible for setting up the HET to investigate unresolved killings during the Troubles.

The future of the body is currently faced with uncertainty following a highly critical inspection report. The Inspectorate of Constabulary said last year the HET investigated cases where the state was involved with "less rigour" than others.

However, Sir Hugh said he believed the HET has been largely successful as it allowed day-to-day policing to continue unhindered. "When I was the Chief Constable of the PSNI I inherited some 3,000 murders, 2,000 of which had not been solved and we had to do something," he told PoliceOracle.com

He said that in the rest of the UK, investigations of past incidents were draining resources and a historic enquiries team with a dedicated focus and budget should be set up.

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