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PSNI launches investigation into historical sex abuse cases in Fermanagh

The PSNI has launched an investigation. (Liam McBurney/PA)
The PSNI has launched an investigation. (Liam McBurney/PA)

The PSNI’s Public Protection Branch have begun an investigation into historical sexual abuse cases in the Fermanagh area.

The move comes after a series of stories run in the Impartial Reporter newspaper about historic sex abuse claims.

Head of Public Protection Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman said: “Following recent reports we have started an investigation into historical cases in the Fermanagh area.

“We are taking this very seriously and I have appointed a team of specialist child abuse detectives and officers to work on this.

“Currently we are reviewing evidence and speaking to victims and this will take time. We will take that time.

“As head of Public Protection Branch, I, and detectives working alongside me, are committed to supporting victims and ensuring we thoroughly investigate these reports of historical sexual abuse whether in Fermanagh or other parts of Northern Ireland.

“I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for someone to report historical sexual abuse.

“If you are reading this and you are a victim of sexual abuse, please don’t suffer in silence, come and speak to us. You will be treated sensitively and with the utmost care and respect by specially trained detectives who will ensure you get the support you need. Or if you know anything about these offences come and speak to us too.

“You don’t have to come to a police station. You can also report  directly to the police on 101 or through a dedicated email address at historicalabuse@psni.pnn.police.uk and we will arrange to meet you at a time and place that best suits you."

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