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Spit and Bite Guards review identifies concerns

07.10.21 Sign on front of Police Ombudsman's building

Today, the Police Ombudsman, Marie Anderson, has published a report on her six month review of the deployment of Spit and Bite Guards by PSNI officers.

PDF LogoSpit and Bite Guard Review Report, October 2021

Police could not have prevented IRA mortar attack

30.09.21 Logo on front door of Police Ombudsman's Office

The Police Ombudsman has found no evidence that police were in possession of information which, if acted upon, could have prevented an IRA mortar attack in Newry 1992 in which a police officer was killed and another received life-changing injuries. 

PDF: Public statement

Murder of Damien Walsh: Police Ombudsman Public Statement

The Police Ombudsman, Mrs Marie Anderson, has identified significant investigative failures by the RUC in relation to the murder of 17-year-old Damien Walsh in 1993, as well as evidence of ‘collusive behaviours’ by police.

Appeal for witnesses to Andersonstown Road incident

The Police Ombudsman’s Office has appealed for witnesses to an incident involving police and a member of the public on Belfast’s Andersonstown Road on Wednesday 2 June 2021.

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Historical Investigations

Information about the work of the Police Ombudsman in investigating incidents related to "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.

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