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Sinn Féin concern over Castlereagh

19 July, 2004

Following recent media reports concerning a security breach at Castlereagh involving a member of the British Army, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly has spoken to the British Security Minister Ian Pearson seeking answers about the incident.

Mr Kelly said:

"It has been reported that a document with the details of up to 400 people is missing from Castlereagh PSNI base. There is speculation that this document is in the hands of loyalists.

"Mr Pearson has confirmed that a document is missing and that an investigation is under way.

"It has been speculated that that regiment involved is the RIR, a regiment with a long history of collusion with unionist paramilitaries.

"If people's details are missing from Castlereagh the very least that the British government need to do is to inform those people without any further delay. It is a disgrace that the British government have been sitting on this information for some weeks therefore putting people's lives in danger." ENDS

Editors Note: Mr Kelly will meet with Ian Pearson on Wednesday morning (21st July) and will discuss this matter further then.

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