01 June 2016
The Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland has released a report responding to complaints made by the families of those killed and wounded in the Loughinisland murders in June 1994, in which six people died and five were wounded by gunmen from the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force.
The Ombudsman's report concludes that the original police investigation into the attacks "was characterised in too many instances by incompetence, indifference and neglect," and that collusion between Special Branch, the police and the UVF "was a significant feature of the Loughinisland murders."
The report: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Statutory Report: Relating to a complaint by the victims and survivors of the murders at the Heights Bar, Loughinisland, 18 June 1994 (pdf)
A summary of the report can be found on the Police Ombudsman's website: The murders at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland: Police Ombudsman report (link)
Press coverage: Loyalist informers smuggled weapons used in dozens of Troubles murders (The Guardian, link) and Loughinisland: Ombudsman confirms collusion between police and loyalist killers (BBC News, link)
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