Loughinisland police appeal 20 years on

Loughinisland police appeal 20 years on

Police have issued a fresh appeal for information on the 20th anniversary of the Loughinisland attack.

Six men were shot dead at the Heights Bar in the Co Down village on 18 June 1994 as they watched the Republic of Ireland play Italy in the World Cup.No-one has ever been charged with the murders, which have been blamed on the UVF, but police said a renewed investigation is currently underway.Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot said: "This was a sickening, indiscriminate and completely futile attack committed by terrorists who gave no thought to the innocent lives they shattered, then and now."Those who died in the Loughinisland shootings were Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, Malcolm Jenkinson, Daniel McCreanor, Patrick O'Hare and Eamon Byrne.To date, 16 people have been arrested, 51 searches have been conducted, 605 statements have been recorded and more than 2,500 actions raised as part of the police investigation.The fresh investigation is being conducted by detectives from Serious Crime Branch following a review of the case by the PSNI Serious Crime Review Team. Investigators are looking at the recommendations contained in the review, which followed a report by the Police Ombudsman.Detective Chief Inspector Talbot continued DCI Talbot: "Police remain firmly committed to apprehending those responsible for these murders."On this 20th anniversary, with all its pain for families and survivors and perhaps reflection for those involved, I would ask anyone with information about the murders to come forward to police."The anniversary should bring into focus the fact that it is never too late to do the right thing, to come forward with any information about individuals or events. Police will not give up but what we really need is for people to make statements and give evidence."Anyone with any information can contact detectives in the Incident Room on 028 3751 7390 or by email to MIT8@psni.pnn.police.uk Alternatively, people can provide information without giving their details to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has described the appeal as "an insult to people's intelligence".The South Down representative went on: "The PSNI needs to end its policy of denying the truth to the survivors and families of the victims of the massacre."The PSNI should immediately hand over all its files on the massacre to the Police Ombudsman and actively assist his investigation into RUC/British intelligence collusion with the killers."


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