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Police receive complaint over BBC Spotlight programme

Police have confirmed they have received a complaint over the BBC's Spotlight programme.

It is not known what it centres on and police have said they are reviewing the complaint to determine if an investigation is warranted.

Spotlight, broadcast on Tuesday, October 10, claimed that Northern Ireland Assembly Speaker Robin Newton "misled" MLAs over his links to ex-prisoners' organisation, the UDA-linked Charter NI.

Mr Newton completely rejected the claims, but said he would stand down as Speaker at the next sitting of the Assembly. The programme also dealt with the Social Investment Fund and  paramilitary issues.

There have been calls for DUP MLA Newton to immediately stand down and for an investigation to be held. The post of Assembly Commissioner for Standards is currently vacant, meaning there can be no Stormont investigation into Mr Newton's conduct.

Chief Superintendent Tim Mairs said: “Police can confirm that a complaint has been received following the Spotlight programme on Tuesday night and this is currently being reviewed.”

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