Belfast Telegraph

Police want BBC video after man's bomb claim

By Staff Reporter

The West Midlands Police have asked the BBC for a copy of an interview carried out with a man who has claimed he was part of the IRA team responsible for the Birmingham pub bombings.

The force have asked for the full interview, in which republican Michael Hayes said he took "collective responsibility" for the IRA's actions in which 21 people were killed. Two bombs were exploded at bars in Birmingham city centre on November 21, 1974.

West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: "Our approach is where new facts come to light, they are scrutinised to see if people can be brought to justice.

"We have written to the BBC requesting the full footage to enable us to assess the full interview as part of our evidential process. Michael Hayes is outside the UK and a decision on what additional action can be taken will be assessed by the CPS."

Mr Thompson added that while the police inquiry is not active, it has not closed and victims' families will be kept informed. The BBC said it "will consider it in accordance with our editorial guidance and policies for requests of this nature".

No one has ever been brought to justice for the atrocity.

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