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Kincora abuse horror: Claims not incredible: ex-police chief

Alan McQuillan, a former Assistant Chief Constable
Alan McQuillan, a former Assistant Chief Constable
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

A former senior police officer has said allegations that intelligence services were linked to abuse at Kincora Boys' Home may be credible.

Alan McQuillan said the claims needed to be investigated amid calls for the notorious home to be included in a UK-wide inquiry into child sex abuse.

Mr McQuillan, a former Assistant Chief Constable, said he had no proof of security service involvement. However, he added that the context around the time the abuse occurred meant it was "potentially credible".

"The allegation is there and it needs to be investigated," he told the Nolan Show.

Calls for Kincora to be included in the inquiry have received cross-party backing, and yesterday a victim came forward to add his voice to the pressure.

Clint Massey said: "I strongly believe there's a lot more to come out."

Mr McQuillan said including Kincora in the Westminster inquiry was vital, but "unless you get the active co-operation of the British Government and relevant agencies, then any investigation or public inquiry will get you nowhere."

Further reading

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Kincora: Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt joins calls for inquiry into abuse at boys' home

Baroness's brother 'tried to limit probe into Kincora'

Kincora: MI5 'must hand over files on abuse at east Belfast boys' home' 

Editor's viewpoint: We must know truth of Kincora

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Kincora Boy's Home scandal: South African intelligence 'secretly backed loyalist paramilitary group Tara'

Kincora Boys' Home scandal: journalist Peter McKenna dies

State papers: The perjury that allowed Kincora suspect preacher to walk

Westminster’s dark secret: abuse of children, adultery, homosexuality and sadomasochism were all seemingly lumped together

Civil servant Mark Sedwill admits Home Office ‘probably’ destroyed paedophile dossiers 

Westminster child abuse dossier: Geoffrey Dickens also gave copy of file to top prosecutor Sir Thomas Hetherington - so why did DPP fail to act on evidence of paedophile ring? 

Historic child abuse files missing

Tory peer Lord Brittan defends handling of 1980s sex abuse dossier

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From the archives

Kincora: Sex racket at children's home (Irish Independent, 1980)

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