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Claims over RUC case note storage astonishing - Kelly

18 March, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has described claims from a former senior detective that the RUC had no provision to store case notes as astonishing. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"At today's hearing of the inquest into the death of Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson former senior detective Eric Anderson said he destroyed his case notes. 

"It is astonishing that in the case of a 15-year-old schoolgirl who disappeared, presumed murdered by a serial killer, a senior detective burnt and shredded case notes. 

"The claim there was no provision for the RUC to store case notes is also incredibly alarming. 

"It is all the more incredible  coming just weeks after a deputy chief constable of the PSNI appeared in the media pictured in front of millions of legacy files. 

"This raises serious questions about which case notes for legacy cases are still in existence and what has been destroyed. 

"I have no doubt that many families who lost loved ones during the conflict will be very concerned about these claims. 

"I will be raising these concerns at the Policing Board as a matter of urgency."

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