New Claudy bomb inquiry ruled out

Published Sunday, 09 February 2014
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A new inquiry into the Claudy bombing, which happened over 40 years ago, has been ruled out by the PSNI.

New Claudy bomb inquiry ruled out
A memorial statue in the centre on Claudy village. (© Presseye)

Nine people died- including an eight-year-old girl - and over 30 were injured when three no-warning bombs went off in the County Londonderry village on 31 July 1972.

The IRA were blamed for carrying out the attacks - but never claimed responsibility.

Catholic priest Father James Chesney was suspected of masterminding the atrocity. He died from cancer, aged 46, in 1980, having never been questioned by police, despite being caught with explosives in his vehicle one week after the devastating bombings.

It has now emerged that, at the end of January, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris - along with other senior detectives - met with relatives of those who died to tell them that all available investigative options had been exhausted.

A PSNI statement said: "The investigation remains open but all available investigative options and actions have been exhausted. Should new information or evidence be forthcoming, police would progress this.

"Police would continue to appeal to anyone with information about the Claudy bombing to come forward so that the people responsible for this atrocity are brought to justice."

© UTV News
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5 Comments
WALTER in BELFAST. wrote (254 days ago):
TYPICAL WHEN AN ENQUIRY IS ABOUT AN ATROCITY THE IRA COMMITTED.
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (255 days ago):
No justice for the innocent victims, yet the families of those who tried to bomb loughall are pushing for an independent inquiry, where's the justice?
tell us the truth in bangor wrote (255 days ago):
why did the I.R.A. not claim it?was it because they murdered innocent people for no reason?
Right thinker in United Kingdom wrote (255 days ago):
Shocking, one sides again. Do these inquiries not include IRA?? What's Marty think??
norman.d in bangor wrote (256 days ago):
The reason they wont have an inquiry into Claudy bombing incase it goes to the heart of this so called peace process and brings its down
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