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Answers needed over obstruction of inquiry into bomb attack on police officer - Sheehan

18 December, 2015 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has said the PSNI Chief Constable has serious questions to answer over the findings of the Police Ombudsman's report into the attack on Peadar Heffron. 

"This report by the Police Ombudsman into the investigation of the attack on PSNI officer Peadar Heffron raises serious questions. 

"It found that the PSNI department responsible for receiving and managing intelligence, known as C3, failed in their duty to pass on information to detectives investigating the attack. 

"It also highlighted that on top of failing to provide information, at least one officer obstructed the Ombudsman’s investigation.

"The activities of C3 in this case are reminiscent of the bad policing we experienced in the past. There is an onus on the Chief Constable to take action to improve public confidence in policing. 

"The Police Ombudsman, in his role of holding the police to account, recommended a course of disciplinary action against the officers involved.

“However, a senior PSNI officer then decided to reduce those sanctions in relation to two officers and further sanctions in relation to two others have yet to be acted on. 

"This is totally unacceptable and the PSNI must explain why this decision was taken. The Chief Constable also needs to take action and implement the recommendations of the Police Ombudsman. 

"Sinn Féin will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Police Ombudsman to discuss the implications of this report."

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