Families shocked as Claudy bomb probe ends

Family members and survivors attend the 40th Anniversary of the Claudy Bombing
Family members and survivors attend the 40th Anniversary of the Claudy Bombing

Relatives of the Claudy bomb victims have said they are shocked at a PSNI decision to suspend the investigation.

Some of the victims’ families met with Chief Constable Matt Baggott on Friday when he informed them there would be no further action unless new evidence came to light.

A victims’ group representing a number of families has made a fresh appeal for information in the hope of reversing Mr Baggott’s decision.

A spokesman for Justice For Innocent Victims of Terrorism (JIVT) said the families would pursue “all legal means open to them” in their search for the truth.

On July 31, 1972, three bombs ripped through the co Derryerry village of Claudy killing nine civilians aged between eight and 65.

The JIVT spokesman said: “A meeting was held with families and other interested parties on Friday last and to say that there was shock within the room when the PSNI revealed their intention to suspend the investigation would be a gross understatement.

“To think that over 41 years have passed since this high-profile bombing yet no-one has yet been brought to justice or held criminally accountable is an indictment of not only our criminal justice system but also of a community which wilfully harbours those responsible.”

The spokesman added: “Claudy was a crime against the community perpetrated by the Provisional IRA and it is essential that those responsible are held publicly and personally accountable for their actions.”