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Ombudsman report shows where policing problem lies

8 August, 2006


Sinn Féin representative in East Antrim James McKeown said that the Police Ombudsman Report into the PSNI's bungled investigation into the attempted murder of Larne Catholic Gerald McRandal was an indictment of Hugh Orde and his force and showed clearly where the policing problem lies.

Mr McKeown said:

"The report released today by the Police Ombudsman into the PSNI investigation into the brutal attack on Catholic man Gerald McRandal in Larne four years ago confirms what many nationalists in this area long believed. The PSNI investigation was bungled and flawed. In the opinion of nationalists in Larne the PSNI ensured that those who attempted to murder Gerald McRandal were allowed to escape justice.

"The Police Ombudsman‚s Report will be viewed by nationalists in this area as a damning indictment of the PSNI locally and the leadership given to it by Hugh Orde. We are told time and again that policing here has changed, that the failures of the past will never be repeated. This report shows clearly the distance still to be travelled.

"It would suit Hugh Orde better if he read this report and acted upon its recommendations rather than lecturing republicans about policing change. This report shows clearly where the policing problem lies." ENDS

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