Belfast Telegraph

Police 'must restore confidence'

Police must restore public confidence in the Bloody Sunday investigation, a lawyer representing the victims' families has claimed.

Even though a meeting with senior officers was described as "constructive", Peter Madden said relatives still had serious concerns about the lack of arrests in the case.

The solicitor said: " Today's meeting involved a detailed, frank and robust exchange of views with the senior investigating officer about the progress and future direction of this investigation.

"Serious concern was expressed about the fact that no soldier has yet been arrested or questioned."

Thirteen people were shot and killed when British paratroopers opened fire on a crowd of civilians in Londonderry on January 30 1972. Fourteen others were wounded, one later died.

The marchers had been campaigning for equal rights such as one man, one vote.

The meeting between police and relatives was convened to discuss the allocation of resources and to determine when a file would be sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

Mr Madden added: "Whilst today's meeting was constructive, there remains a significant onus on the PSNI to restore public confidence in this investigation and they will be judged accordingly."

A fresh police investigation was launched after the publication of the Saville Report which found soldiers from the Parachute Regiment had opened fire first,.

However, the majority of the PSNI team were laid off last year because of budget cuts imposed by the Stormont Executive.

Relatives who want to see prosecutions then lodged a legal challenge against the PSNI chief constable claiming the force had a statutory obligation to adequately fund the inquiry.

Late last year it was announced that a new legacy unit would take on responsibility for the case.


From Belfast Telegraph