Historical Reports

RUC did not protect murderers from justice

Sign on front of Police Ombudsman's building

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A Police Ombudsman investigation has found no evidence to indicate that RUC officers were complicit in the murder of a colleague nor protected those responsible from investigation.

New information adds weight to evidence linking RUC officers to assault: Police Ombudsman

Mr John Hemsworth

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An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has found new evidence about an attack on a man, during which he sustained injuries which led to his death.

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The murders at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland: Police Ombudsman report

Pictures of the six men who died in the Loughinisland attack

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The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has published a report this morning which reveals police informants at the most senior levels within Loyalist paramilitary organisations were involved in an importat...

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No evidence of police collusion in IRA murder: Police Ombudsman

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An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has found no evidence that police colluded to protect members of the IRA who killed a man in north Belfast.

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Information not provided due to interpretation of the law: Police Ombudsman

Police Ombudsman investigation report cover

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Oct 2014

An investigation by the Police Ombudsman has confirmed that RUC Special Branch did not provide some information to detectives investigating the Omagh bombing, due to their interpretation of the law at that t...

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Murder of officer "preventable"

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Senior police officers within the RUC command structure were aware of a specific threat to one of their officers but failed to warn him about it and did not pass this information to the detectives who inves...

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‘No evidence of police involvement in the attempted murder of Gerry Adams.’

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The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has found no evidence of police involvement in the UFF gun attack on Gerry Adams and four other men in Belfast city centre on 14 March 1984.

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Police should have warned about bomb

The aftermath of a 1988 IRA bomb attack in the Creggan Estate, Derry/Londonderry

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The police had information there was an IRA booby trap bomb in a property in the Creggan Estate in Derry/Londonderry but did nothing to warn those living there of the possible danger.

PDF LogoPublic Statement: The bombing of Kildrum Gardens (67pp)

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Investigative bias undermined police inquiry: Police Ombudsman

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A report by the Police Ombudsman's Office has found that while there is no evidence that the RUC assisted those responsible for the UVF bombing of McGurk's Bar in Belfast in 1971, the police investigation ha...

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Police Ombudsman's Claudy report

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The Police Ombudsman has released the findings of his investigation into how the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) dealt with their suspicions that a Catholic priest was allegedly involved in the bombing of Cl...

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