PSNI claim commitment to expediting Bloody Sunday murder probe

One of the images to emerge from Bloody Sunday.

One of the images to emerge from Bloody Sunday.

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The PSNI have claimed they are committed to progressing the Bloody Sunday murder investigation “in an expeditious manner”.

A letter to this effect has been sent to Derry City Council in reply to concerns raised by the local authority several weeks ago.

In a letter to be brought before Thursday’s meeting of the council’s Development Committee, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr- writing on behalf of the Chief Constable- wrote:

“A Legacy Investigation Branch was formed on January 01 2015. The Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, 30th January 1972, is within the remit of his unit. I can confirm that dedicated investigative resources have been allocated to progress the ongoing investigation. The level of staffing allocated is at a similar level to that which operated previously.”

He added: “I recognise the impact that this protracted investigation is having on families of the victims, however the PSNI have finite resources and the scale of recent budget cuts has had a very significant impact on the organisation.

“The Senior Investigating Officer is committed to progressing this investigation in an expeditious manner.”

Derry City Council had earlier written to the Chief Constable on the matter.

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper at the November meeting of the full council put forward a motion that “this council supports the calls from the Bloody Sunday Families for the appropriate resourcing of the live PSNI investigation into the murder and attempted murder of their loved ones in line with the previous public commitment given”.

He added that PSNI admissions in the days beforehand that they have withdrawn most of these resources had dismayed the families and eroded public confidence in the judicial process.