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Police question Barry McElduff over Kingsmill video tweet

Former West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff has been questioned by police over his controversial Kingsmill video tweet.

In January the Sinn Fein representative posted a video on Twitter with a loaf of bread on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre. He apologised saying he didn't realise the date and was suspended by his party. Later he resigned his Westminster seat saying he did not want to be a "barrier to reconciliation and healing".

On Thursday the former MLA was interviewed by police in relation to the tweet.

A PSNI spokesman said detectives investigating complainst about a video uploaded to social media on January 6, have interviewed a 51-year-old man.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tim Mairs said: “The male attended Omagh police station voluntarily this afternoon, Thursday 8 March, by prior arrangement.

"A report will now be prepared for the Public Prosecution Service."

Mr McElduff was interviewed in relation to alledged offences under The Communications Act 2003 and The Public Order (Northern Ireland) Order 1989.

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Barry McElduff

A statement released by Mr McElduff's solicitor said: "Mr McElduff reiterated to police that he in no way intended to cause offence or hurt to anyone. He did not realise that his social media post coincided with the Kingsmill anniversary, rather the post was spontaneous and not premeditated."

Families of Kingsmills victims welcomed the questioning of Mr McElduff.

Barry Halliday, advocacy manager for victims’ support group The Family Research and Policy Unit which represents the majority of the Kingsmills families commended the PSNI "for their dedication and continued liaison with the families."

"In the past we have been critical of police, we welcome the manner in which this complaint and investigation have been handled," he said.

"Mr McElduff’s actions should not be underestimated, his crass comedy finally caught up with him.

"We hope the police bring forward recommendations for prosecution, we have every confidence that our complaint is being dealt with in a robust manner.”

Barry McElduff could not be reached for comment. Sinn Fein has been asked for comment.

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