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Arkinson case raises serious questions - McDermott

17 February, 2016

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said serious questions need to be asked around the investigation into the disappearance of Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson. 

Grace McDermott said; 

"The recent revelations about the police's handling of the investigation into the disappearance of Arlene Arkinson and the subsequent attempt by the British government to deny information to the family raises serious concerns. 

"Among the matters which are causing concern are the circumstances around the police digging up the garden of the Arkinson family home. 

"Not only was this very distressing for the family in itself, the fact the police arrived at the house at the exact same time as the media also raises major questions about the motivation behind the move. 

"What message were the police trying to put out and what information were they trying to protect? 

"The Arkinson family need answers to these questions first and foremost and the local community also need answers. 

"At the heart of all of this is the unacceptable fact that the British government is actively denying information to the grieving family of a 15 year-old girl who disappeared in 1994. 

"That is disgraceful and needs to end now."

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