Belfast Telegraph

No prosecution for Loughinisland officer

A police officer said to be under investigation for allegedly helping the UVF gang behind the Loughinisland massacre is not to be prosecuted, it was revealed last night.

Six men were killed in june 1994 when two gunmen burst into the village's Heights bar and opened fire. One of those who died was an 87-year-old man, the oldest person to die in the Troubles. Five others were injured.

Relatives of the victims have maintained that there was security force collusion and that a number of agents working for the police were involved.

The police reservist, who was under suspension, had been questioned over perverting the course of justice and helping the gang make its getaway after the shooting.

A solicitor for the families has criticised the decision by the Public Prosecution Service not to proceed.

The Police Ombudsman's report into the atrocity is expected to be published early next year.

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