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Live: Police chiefs appear before watchdog after dropping probe into Belfast journalists

Two chief constables are appearing before Northern Ireland's Policing Board after dropping an investigation into two Belfast journalists.

Millions of journalistic documents and digital files seized when Durham police raided the homes and offices of documentary film-makers Barry McCaffrey and Tervor Birney have now been returned.

Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton is accompanying PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton at the Policing Board meeting on Thursday afternoon.

The Policing Board said that a court ruling that found the police illegally seized the material from the journalists raised "some serious questions" about the handling of the investigation.

The material appeared in a 'No Stone Unturned' documentary which investigated the Loughlinisland massacre.

Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton has insisted his officers acted in good faith, within the law and followed due process at all times during the investigation into Mr Birney and Mr McCaffrey.

Opening the meeting, Policing Board vice chair Deborah Watters said the handling of the Loughinisland case had caused "significant reputational" damage to the PSNI.

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