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Thousands of legacy investigations could be closed, commissioner warns

Judith Thompson warned new proposals from the Government did not have the confidence of those they were meant to serve.

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Proposed changes to legacy investigations will potentially close thousands of investigations permanently, Judith Thompson said (Liam McBurney/PA)

Proposed changes to legacy investigations will potentially close thousands of investigations permanently, Judith Thompson said (Liam McBurney/PA)

Proposed changes to legacy investigations will potentially close thousands of investigations permanently, Judith Thompson said (Liam McBurney/PA)

Proposed changes to legacy investigations will potentially close thousands of probes permanently, the victims’ commissioner in Northern Ireland said.

Judith Thompson warned that “arbitrary and sparsely detailed” new proposals from the Government did not have the confidence of those they were meant to serve.

The commissioner issued an open letter to all MPs and members of all regional parliaments.

She said: “The proposed changes to legacy investigations will potentially close thousands of investigations permanently, including the deaths of police officers and soldiers as well as people from all constituencies.”

She said that is not going to deliver what is intended.

“Historic events can be investigated and many families who want them can be given answers.

“To do this, we need legacy investigations which thoroughly interrogate evidence, dedicated to delivering for families.”

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