Mother and two teenagers under UDA threat

 
UDA flag on display in South Belfast last year
Two 16-year-old school boys and a mother-of-three are all under threat from UDA elements following an argument over a child’s scooter.
 

The mother-of-three has had to leave her south Belfast home after being assaulted, she says in revenge for contacting the police over fears for the safety of her child’s teenage friends.

The woman says she was previously approached by a person from south Belfast with loyalist connections over a minor incident involving a bin being set on fire.

At that stage she was asked did she want it dealt with internally within the estate, which she took to mean by loyalist paramilitaries.

However, she refused and said “let the police deal with it”.

A few days later her daughter was playing with two Catholic friends in the grounds of a local primary school.

“My children play with kids from all sides, they don’t see religion, they wouldn’t even know about things like that”, she said.

“There was a scooter lying in the street, one of the lads took it another wee lad asked for it back”.

Shortly afterwards two loyalists arrived at the scene in a white car and tried to attack the teenagers.

On Sunday evening police called to the doors of the two 16-year-old Catholic schoolboys and told them they were under threat from loyalist paramilitaries.

The teenagers were told “Police are in receipt of information that paramilitaries want to carry out some form of punishment attack” following an incident in the Benmore Drive area.

A short time later the woman, who has lived in the predominantly loyalist area for over ten years, says she was contacted by paramilitaries who wanted her daughter to lure her Catholic friends back into the area so they could be attacked.

When she refused she said she was assaulted in her home.

“He kept saying, ‘ you couldn’t just keep your mouth shut, you had to tell the cops’.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Police received a report of an assault in the Benmore Drive area of Belfast on Sunday evening (September 6th).

“Officers were made aware of a possible link between this incident and an altercation occurring in the Benmore Drive area which is reported to have taken place on Friday evening, September 4. Enquiries are continuing.

“A 40 year old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service”.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris for the original story 

BAND’S UFF SHIRTS FUEL FEUD

FEARS MOUNT THAT ALL-OUT WAR IS ABOUT TO ERUPT BETWEEN TERROR GROUP’S NORTH ANTRIM FACTIONS AFTER SPATE OF VIOLENT INCIDENTS 

POLICE are on high alert as a bitter UDA internal feud looks set to explode.

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Last week the PSNI/RUC dealt with two separate security alerts after fears two rival North Antrim factions were set to go head-to-head with guns and explosives. 

Armed terrorist UDA/UFF members 2nd BATT ‘C’ Company

On Sunday, a Ballymoney hotel was targeted in a hoax bomb call while punters, including families, were packed inside. Police claimed to have received “low-grade intelligence” that a device had been left on the premises, but within a short space of time determined the tip-off to be false. Two days later, a small pub in the nearby village of Dervock was the subject of a major police operation over false claims that terror weapons and bombs were being stored inside. A number of loyalists have also been formally warned by police that their lives are in danger. There are now genuine fears the simmering feud is about to turn bloody. Tensions peaked after one of the village’s bands, Dervock Young Defenders (DYD), officially aligned itself with West Belfast UDA for the first time.

Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)

On Monday, July 13th, DYD Flute Band took to the streets for the Twelfth celebrations wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the notorious West Belfast UFF paramilitary badge. The band marched through Ballymoney – a town aligned with North Antrim UDA – led by a man carrying a sinister UFF flag – a loyalist killing machine responsible for countless sectarian murders. Pictures and videos of the terror display – which was in blatant breach of the Terrorism Act – were posted on social media. The militant message angered North Antrim bosses who saw it as the biggest sign yet that Shankill UDA bosses are still making moves to muscle in on their turf.

Last month the Sunday World revealed how the UDA brigade in Ballymoney – whose members have previously maimed and murdered drug dealers – believe its Belfast HQ want to put narco teams onto the streets in North Antrim. The Shankill goons are on a money-making mission after expanding their drug supply network to satellite areas outside of its West Belfast stronghold. Tigers Bay, Newtownards and even parts of Bangor have been overtaken by the ‘D’ Company paramafia pushers who have set their sights on “unspoilt” areas within North Antrim. 

UFF South East Antrim Brigade

Ballymoney, Bushmills and surrounding rural areas have remained relatively drug dealer free over the last eight years, with loyalists attacking – and even killing – those suspected of being involved in the trade. Recent Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) operations against West Belfast UDA have put a huge dent in the Shankill unit’s pockets. The constant raids have forced the loyalist drug gang’s new boss to eye up areas outside of its usual criminal network. Sources within the Dervock area say they fear the tiny village is now in the frame to be used as a potential “satellite” base which would give the gang access to a “gold coast” for death pushers. “The very fact that one of our own bands is openly supporting the Shankill has worried everyone in the area,” one resident told the Sunday World. “We don’t want a drug dealing gang having any influence in this area.” Last week a local newspaper reported how a collective of voluntary and statutory agencies in the Co Antrim village had come together to combat “organised crime and drug dealing/substance misuse”.

ILLEGAL 

One of those, Dervock and District Community Association, said in a statement it had been forced to make a “public announcement” on the levels of “illegal and prescription drugs” within the area. “These are being pumped into the village from outside sources within North Antrim,” the statement in the Ballymoney Chronicle said. “This issue is not going away unless we show a united front and isolate these individuals and report all drug related and other illegal activities to the authorities. “These ‘Peddlers’ masquerading as ‘activists’ are deliberately preying on the most vulnerable individuals in our society. “Over the last month there have been several families within the village that have had children and parents split by statutory agencies – due to alcohol and substance abuse.” The statement then listed off a number of agencies, organisations and groups which it said supported its call.

A Co Antrim Orange lodge was also included in the statement, as well as a local primary school. Also named was Dervock Young Defenders Flute Band, which just the week before openly supported West Belfast UDA – a faction targeted regularly by the PSNI/RUC over its drug dealing activities. Sources say the inclusion of the band following its public support of the criminal paramilitary gang “made a mockery” of the message. It led to senior staff of the school named contacting community reps and demanding that no future reference to the primary be made alongside anyone associating itself with a terror group.

One of the group’s endorsing two senior members of the DUP, the UFF, Ulster Freedom Fighters an illigegial paramilatay group. Banned in the North of Ireland and responsible for the murder of dozens off innocent Catholics because of their religion. They are an armed paramilitarary group, very well known in the North of Ireland. To be an umbrella group (the armed wing of the UDA).

A well-placed source said: “Of course the school and its staff support the fight against drugs, but it will not be aligned with anyone who supports a terror organisation, especially one that is known to deal in drugs. “To be honest, people in the area are confused at how members of a band, who openly endorse the Shankill, could be taken seriously in any anti-drugs message.” The Sunday World contacted a representative of Dervock and District Community Association over the concerns raised. The spokesman declined to comment. DYD Flute Band was also contacted for comment over its Twelfth endorsement of the Shankill UFF. No one responded to our query. The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland was also contacted, but did not respond to requests for comment. The PSNI/RUC confirmed it carried out a search at licensed premises in the Dervock area on Tuesday, July 21st. “Nothing was found,” the spokesperson confirmed. They added: “A search was also carried out at another licensed premises in Ballymoney on July 19th and nothing was found.”

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and Patricia Devlin for the EXCLUSIVE original story –p.devlin@sundayworld.com

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North Belfast MP urges police: Be accurate on Noah

The PSNI/RUC have serious questions that need answered over the suspicious death of Noah Donohoe 

Noah Donohoe 14, who was found dead under suspicious circumstances six days after he went missing in North Belfast

AN MP has called on police to be “accurate in their information” after the PSNI/RUC contradicted what it had told the family of Noah Donohoe.

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John Finucane was speaking after The Irish News revealed that the 14-year-old, who went missing on June 21st, had drowned. Noah had not suffered a serious head injury, despite a theory put forward by the PSNI/RUC that he may have suffered concussion after a fall, causing him to remove his clothing. Noah’s body was found in a storm drain six days after he disappeared. The family were told by police this week that a leaflet drop had taken place in the area Noah was last seen to appeal for information.

Mount Vernon UVF 3rd Battalion North Belfast

The Irish News asked the PSNI for a copy of the leaflet and details of when door to door enquiries had taken place. A PSNI/RUC spokesperson said: “Police have not conducted a leaflet drop at this stage”. However, in a statement last night, police suggested that the leaflet confusion may have been a “misunderstanding.”

North Belfast MP John Finucane

Superintendent Muir Clarke said: “First and foremost my thoughts and those of my officers go out to Noah’s mother, Fiona, and the wider family circle at this extremely difficult time. “Police continue to investigate the tragic death of Noah on behalf of the coroner. “As is normal practice the coroner is the only person who can authorise the release of information in relation to the circumstances surrounding Noah’s death. “To support the current stage of the inquiry, Police are finalising a leaflet appealing for information, which we will distribute to households where the occupants were unavailable to speak to police during the initial stages when Noah disappeared. “We anticipate doing this in the following days.

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“We are aware of media reports stating that the family had been told this proposed leaflet drop had already been undertaken. This is not the case. “This may have arisen through a misunderstanding. Family liaison officers are continuing to work closely with the family and the coroner. “While respecting that this is a very painful time, police are in contact with Noah’s mother to ensure that she is up to date on the investigation.”

“The wider community needs to have confidence that everything that can be done is being done”  John Finucane 

Noah’s mobile phone was found in the early days of the investigation, but police had made a specific appeal for help in locating his green backpack. It contained his Lenovo laptop and was recovered several days later. Police said it was recovered following information from a member of the public. Police said it was recovered following information from a member of the public. The family were told that it was to be examined by forensic experts but have not been given any details since, nor have they been given any further details about the recovery. The family also revealed that Noah was travelling to Cave Hill country park to meet friends on the day of his disappearance, to do work towards a Duke of Edinburgh award.

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It is thought he may have taken a wrong turn from his home in South Belfast on his way to Cave Hill and ended up in North Queen Street, Shore Road area instead. Police were aware of this but did not tell the press or the public this during the search for Noah, leading to online speculation about where he was going on the day of his disappearance that caused distress to the family. Police also have Noah’s phone and laptop and the family are keen to have these returned to them, but have not yet been told if the PSNI/RUC have examined the GPS on the phone. The distressed family have instructed solicitor Niall Murphy of KRW Law and Relatives for Justice to help them get answers to a number of unanswered questions. “I support and reiterate the calls by the Donohoe family for information concerning Noah’s disappearance,” Mr Finucane said. “Fiona and her family have my full support as they seek answers to the many questions which remain. “Police need to be accurate in the information they provide publicly and privately to the family, and the wider community needs to have confidence that everything that can be done is being done.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris SECURITY CORRESPONDENT a.morris@irishnews.com

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Jail for members of ‘loyalist paramilitary UDA mob’ that stormed Belfast pub

But none or convicted of paramilitary membership

Courts hears 20 men burst into Mount Bar in North Queen Street and issued threats

Inside the Mount Bar on North Queen Street in Belfast Photograph: Mount Bar on Facebook

Three men have been jailed for a total of 20 months for their role with a “loyalist paramilitary gang” which stormed a north Belfast pub to issue threats.

Christopher Moore, of Woodvale Drive, Belfast and Andrew Morrow, of Lower Ballyboley Road, Ballyclare, both aged 27, were each jailed for six months after they admitted affray.

David Thomas Majury (49), of Wood Green in Holywood, Co Down, who also pleaded guilty to unlawfully displaying force and make affray, was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Belfast Crown Court had heard that up to 20 men arrived at the Mount Bar in North Queen Street on the evening of February 21st, 2018.

The men, who were either masked, had hoods or scarves up to conceal their faces, stormed the bar in the Tiger’s Bay district.

Judge Kevin Finnegan QC watched almost 20 minutes of footage taken from the bar’s CCTV system which had captured the incident.

It showed car loads of men arriving on the streets outside the bar before they rushed into the licensed premises where a number of women and young children were also present.

The footage showed customers being directed into a corner by the mob before the message was delivered by one of the masked men.

Witnesses told police that a list of five names was read out and warnings were issued that their alleged anti-social behaviour would not be tolerated.

Following the incident, police contacted all five people to issue warnings about their safety.

After the mob delivered the threats, the court heard that the masked men left the public bar and into waiting cars.

A prosecution barrister said Majury, Moore and Morrow left with scarves and hoods up and got into a car together.

When the vehicle was stopped and searched by police who had arrived quickly on the scene, one balaclava was said to have been recovered from under the driver’s seat.

The prosecution lawyer told Judge Finnegan: “This had all the hallmarks of a loyalist paramilitary gang.”

Defence barristers for the three men urged the court not to impose immediate custodial sentences, asking the judge to suspend any terms of imprisonment because of their personal circumstances.

But this was rejected by the prosecution, with a Crown lawyer telling the judge: “It is not appropriate for the court to impose suspended sentences given the nature of the incident.”

Judge Finnegan said that although in the words of one defence barrister “not a punch was thrown or a drink spilled”, society could not tolerate people taking the law into their own hands “whether is in a street, on a street corner or in a public house.”

He said a much more serious incident could have developed if police had not arrived on the scene as quick as they did.

Describing the incident as “serious”, Judge Finnegan said such offending warranted “deterrent sentences” from society, adding: “An immediate custodial sentence is called for.”

With many thanks to: The Irish Times for the original story 

An Irish Sea Border, The DUP And Loyalist Threats Of Bombs – AN SIONNACH FIONN

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In 1992 the UVF shot Paddy Fox’s parents dead….12 years later a police notebook with his details fell into.loyalist hands

Charlie and Tess Fox who were murdered in 1992.

THE son of a Co Tyrone couple who were shot dead by the Mid Ulster UVF is to take legal action after discovering a police notebook, containing his personal details, was in the hands of the same organisation who murdered his parents.

Republican Paddy Fox, whose parents Charlie and Theresa were shot dead by loyalists at their home outside the Moy in 1992, said he was warned by police in 2004 that he might be under threat from loyalists.

However at no stage, he claims, was he told that his details were contained in a PSNI notebook which loyalists had in their possession.

The Irish News has seen the police notebook which contains details of police operations and briefings, along with lists of names, addresses and car registrations.

Person details related to Paddy Fox, whose parents were murdered by the UVF, were contained in the notebook.
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The book, which appears to be briefing notes from a serving police officer, gives details of Mr Fox’s address and also contains the make and colour of the car he was driving.

Other names on a ‘watch list’ are well known republicans Kevin Barry Murphy, Aidan Grew and Barry Morgan.

All the names are listed with dates of birth, addresses and in some cases car makes and registrations.

It is not known how the notebook found its way into the hands of loyalists.

But it is believed that none of those whose details were in the book were informed of the security breach.

Republican Paddy Fox (pictured above) Mr Fox said: “In the past I have been informed by the police that my details were in the hands of loyalists but at no time was I ever told how they got them.

“It now seems the details were from the very people issuing me the warnings. There needs to be some accountability for this,” he added.

The notebook also details a briefing by now retired former Special Branch officer Alan Mains, the former senior police officer now works as a security consultant.

Included among briefings is one delivered to officers in relation to an attack on Randalstown Police Station.

In October 2004 a family was held hostage by an armed gang who stole their van to mount a drive-by shooting on the Co Antrim police station.

Three children, aged between five and seven, and a couple were held hostage in the house during the incident.

No-one was injured as four shots hit steel gates at the front of the police station.

Details of the attack are in the notebook listing six homes to be searched in the hunt for ‘items weapons munitions explosives, any item that can be of use to terrorists’.

It is the third reported data breach involving the PSNI in the last four months.

The funeral of Charlie and Tess Fox, murdered by the UVF, passes their Co Tyrone home.

In July The Irish News reported that hundreds of pages of data were leaked to loyalist paramilitaries, after equipment seized as part of an investigation into organised crime was returned with a pen drive attached containing information on private individuals and local companies.

Both the Police Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner are investigating the data breach.

In September a police notebook was lost during searches by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force into the activity of the South East Antrim UDA.

It contained information on suspects as well as some personal details relating to the female officer who lost the notebook.

Despite police appeals for the notebook to be returned it has yet to be recovered.

Charlie Fox

Peter Corrigan of Phoenix Law, which represents a number of those named in the latest breach, said last night: “We will be taking civil action against the PSNI and Chief Constable for this very serious data breach, that potentially resulted in at least one of my clients being told he was under threat from loyalists back in 2004.

“The PSNI had a duty of care to inform those listed in this notebook at the time that they had lost their private details and failed to do so”, he added.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd last night said police were investigating.

“We have conducted preliminary inquiries but given the timescale involved, we have not been able to confirm the loss or theft of a police notebook from this period or area,” he said.

“Our enquiries are continuing.”

Theresa Fox

With many thanks to: Allision Morris and The Irish News for the original story.

Journalists shed light on horrors of the Troubles

This week saw the launch of a remarkable book. And some of the stories contained in it will go a long way towards increasing our understanding of what became known as, “the Troubles’.

‘Reporting the Troubles’ was the brainchild of Deric Anderson Jnr (og), a young man whose veteran news reporter dad Deric Snr walked every step of the way through 50 years of this defining period in our history.

Deric Jnr (og), suggested the time was now right for his father to lean on his many friends and colleagues in the world of journalism with a view to getting their Troubles-related stories on paper.

The result is ‘Reporting the Troubles’ – Journalists tell their stories of the North of Ireland conflict’ (pictured above) and I was privileged to be asked to contribute to it. Like his close friends Ivan McMichael and Raymond Managh, Deric Henderson cut his teeth as a young reporter on the Tyrone Constitution in his native Omagh. Deric, Raymond and Ivan changed journalism in the city. Their general high standards, commitment to detail and willingness to go the extra mile to produce good stories was obvious from the beginning.

calamity

And therefore when the calamity of the Troubles eventually exploded on the streets, the Tyrone trio were capable of reporting these dreadful events honestly and accurately.

Peter Ward murdered by the UVF, on Malvern Street, on the Shankill in 1966. He was the the first man murdered by the modern-day UVF. Who claim they were funded during the Second-World-War which is bullocks ha,ha,ha,

It is widely known, but Raymond Managh is the man who in 1966 broke the shocking story of the Malvern Street shottings, which resulted in the death of a young Catholic barman called Peter Ward.

Malvern Street signalled the arrival of the mordern-day UVF on the streets.

The story was flashed around the globe on the BBC World Service. And in Reporting the Troubles, Raymond recalls how that happened. After leaving the busy Belfast Telegraph newsroom, Ivan McMichael- whizz-kid shorthand writer went on to become the doyen of court reporters, covering all major cases.

In this book, Ivan recounts the trial of a ruthless gang of loyalist paramilitaries convicted for murdering members of the hugely popular Miami Show band.

Members of the Miami Showband murdered in cold blood by loyalist paramilitaries for being Catholics

The Miami Showband massacre and the aftermath of the bombing

Deric Henderson headed-up the Belfast Desk of the Press Association for many years. He was the coalface throughout the Troubles and he has a mountain of good stories to tell. But in this book he has chosen to reveal a moving story relating to members of his own family. And he also recounts the day he managed to manipulate the daily news coverage at the end of the trial of the infamous Shankill Buthers.

Stain Glass windows put in in remembrance of the La Mon House Hotel firebombing

Wendy Austin revisits the PIRA firebomb atrocity at the La Mon House Hotel. And Fermanagh reporter Denzil McDaniel delivers a moving account of the IRA Poppy Day bombing of Enniskillen, while Ivan Little – a co-editor of this book along with Deric – recounts the Sean Graham’s bookies shop shootings on Belfast’s Ormeau Road.

Poppy Day Enniskillen bombing

Sean Graham’s bookies shop shootings on Belfast’s Ormeau Road.

Some of the best Troubles coverage was done by reporters who had previous understanding of the problems which led to the outbreak of civic strife in the North of Ireland. And yet a number of them quickly grasped the nettle and were able to deliver incisive reports for Republic of Ireland, the UK as well as worldwide audiences.

In this regard, Kate Adie, Alex Thompson and Miriam O’Callahan all made notable contributions. And in this book also, Belfast Telegraph political editor Suzanne Green reaffirms her reputation as a superb recorder of the history of the Troubles. My old Sunday World colleagues Jim McDowell and Sam Smyth are also represented.

Sam provides a light-hearted break from the bleakness by recalling the amazing secret life of UDA leader Sammy Duddy, who at the height of the Troubles doubled as a cabaret drag artiste.

For my part, I documented the previously untold story of Short Strand woman Marie O’Hara. A mum of five daughters, Marie lost two husbands – both entirely innocent men – to UVF violence. It is a remarkable account of how resilient the human spirit can be when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds and I was honoured to write it in Reporting the Troubles.

With many thanks to: Hugh Jordan and The Sunday World for the original story.

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Loyalist paramilitaries attack two homes in Bushmills, pipe bombs explode

 

Two pipe bombs have exploded at two separate houses in Bushmills, County Antrim

Damage was caused to the properties

The attacks happened just before 01:00 GMT on Friday.

One detonated at Woodland Court and another in nearby Ballaghmore Court. Damage was caused to the properties but no-one was injured.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the bombs to contact them.

‘Cancer on our society’

The good name of Bushmills had been tarnished by those behind the attacks, said DUP MLA Mervyn Storey.

Those responsible believed they could act as “judge, jury and executioner”, he added.

“Had anybody been in close proximity to the window at one of the properties, then someone would have been seriously injured,” he said.

“It was a reckless action by those who believe that they have the right to carry out this form of justice and it’s something that has to be brought to an end.

“These attacks are a cancer on our society, they instil fear in the community.”

Pipe bomb scene
The attacks happened at Woodland Court and Ballaghmore Court

Norman Hillis, a UUP (Ulster Unionist Party) councillor for the area, also condemned those behind the attacks, expressing anger at people who wanted “to drag us into the past”.

The second device exploded in Ballaghmore Court
No-one was injured in the attacks which happened in the early hours 

Former RUC chief ‘failed to act’ over plot to kill Catholic officer

Family insist findings point to collusion

A FORMER RUC chief constable “failed to act” when he was “quite probably”aware of a plot to murder one of his own Catholic officers, a damning report has found.

The murder of sergeant Joe Campbell – who was gunned down as he left a Co Antrim police station – was one of the most controversial killings of the Troubles. The father-of-eight was hit by a single high velocity shot to the head as he closed the main gates of Cushendall RUC police station on February 25 1977. Sgt Campbell’s family believe his murder involved collusion between rogue elements of the police and loyalist paramilitaries. In his report yesterday Police Ombudsman Dr Michael said evidence of collusion was “inconclusive” but concluded the death was “preventable”. He said there was “sufficient, reliable evidence” that the then head of Special Branch and “quiet probably the chief constable were aware of concerns, which had been documented, about the threat to his life and failed to act upon them”. The RUC chief constable at the time of the murder was Sir Kenneth Newman, a former Metropolitan Police commissioner now aged 87. He told Dr Maguire’s investigators he had no recollection of the Sgt Campbell case. In a statement yesterday the murdered man’s widow Rosemary said she was unhappy with the report, which has taken 12 years to complete, “because it does not contain the full account of the murder which I had hoped for.” Sgt Campbell’s son Tommy insisted the findings amounted to “collusion”. “If you read the report what other conclusions can you come to…. Senior officers…. decide that it’s not worth their time to stop the murder of one of their colleagues what more stark definition of collusion could you get.” RUC/PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Alistair Findlay said the report “makes difficult reading”.

Staggering revelations in Ombudsman’s report ‘difficult reading’

The Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire said: “On the basis of the information available I can neither discount nor substantiate the allegations of a wider conspiracy into the murder of Sgt Campbell,” he said. When asked last night who was head of RUC Special Branch at the time the PSNI said it was “unable to provide that information”. However, The Irish News can reveal the man who headed the secret department was Mick Slevin who has since died. Sgt Campbell’s death sent shockwaves through the small seaside village which until that point had been relatively untouched by the Troubles. He is believed to have been gunned down by notorious UVF gunman and security force agent Robin Jackson who was associated with the infamous Glenanne gang. The report reveals that senior RUC officers were warned by concerned Special Branch members that Joe Campbell was under threat but they did not act. The ombudsman said the murder was “preventable” and that subsequent investigation into the murder was flawed on a number of different occasions”. It also emerged that police documents relating to the case have disappeared and that a retired RUC officer based in Ballymena at the time of the murder has refused to cooperate with the ombudsman’s investigation. Joe Campbell jnr, who first lodged the complaint with the ombudsman’s office in 2002, said the family’s campaign for justice for their father would go on. “Today we have got a report. What we don’t have, we don’t have the truth and we certainly don’t have any justice,” he said.

‘There was a threat on my father’s life. If you do nothing about it either before or after is it not collusion? – Tommy Campbell.

Three years after the killing retired RUC Special Branch man Charles McCormick was acquitted of Sgt Campbell’s murder. He was convicted of charges including possession of explosives and firearms and armed robbery. These were all quashed on appeal. A second man Anthony O’Doherty, originally from Portglenone in Co Antrim, was convicted of withholding information about the murder but later received a royal prerogative of mercy. A republican, O’Doherty was recruited by McCormick to become a Special Branch informer. In 2009 McCormick was rearrested and questioned about the killing and a file was later sent to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS). However, in 2013 the PPS directed that no action be taken. RUC/PSNI deputy chief constable Alistair Finlay said the report “makes difficult reading”. “It is clear there were significant shortcomings in the RUC handling of information prior to the murder and both subsequent police investigations into Sgt Campbell’s murder,” he said.

With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News,for the original story.

Who is Sir Kenneth Newman?

BORN in Sussex, Sir Kenneth Newman was a well-known and respected police officer in England before he turned his attention to the North of Ireland.

He moved through the ranks becoming a sergeant in the 1950s, before being appointed a detective inspector with the Vice Squad in the early 1960s and later becoming a superintendent and chief-superintendent. In 1973, during the early years of the Troubles, his policing career saw him move to the North of Ireland where he took up the positition of deputy chief constable of the RUC. Within three years he became chief constable of the force. During this time he introduced the policy of Ulsterisation, a strategy aimed at giving the police a greater security role. The strategy saw the RUC replace the British army as the dominant security force in the North of Ireland. Sir Kenneth left the RUC in 1980 during the Hunger Strike period and returned to England. He then served for three years as inspector of constabulary and commander of Police Staff College at Bra shill in Hampshire. During his time at Bramshill he honed his public order skills. In 1982, he became commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and subsequently initiated a major reform. His reform included disbanding the controversial Special Patrol Group – a specialist serious public disorder team – replacing it with the Territorial Support Group. He also established an area-based policing plan, which moved resources into eight geographical areas. Having been knighted in 1978, he retired in 1987.

With many thanks to: Marie Louise McCrory, The Irish News.