(BELFAST, N.I) JUST IN: PSNI Report: A man has been wounded after being stabbed in the back as he sat outside a County Armagh cafe on Saturday afternoon #AceNewsDesk report

PORTADOWN: Portadown: Man stabbed in back outside cafe: The incident happened at about 14:05 BST on Saturday in Woodhouse Street in Portadown.

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It was reported to police that the man was stabbed once in the back by a man who then made off from the scene on foot. 

The victim was taken to hospital where he is getting treatment. Police are appealing for information. 

The suspect was described as being approximately 5’11” tall and slim with dark curly hair.

DUP MP Carla Lockhart said it was an “alarming incident”.

“It is important that the individual who has carried out such a horrendous attack faces the full rigours of the law,” she told BBC News NI.

“The police and ambulance attended very quickly,” she added.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.20: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) Newry Court Report: Detectives from the Organised Crime Unit have welcomed the sentencing of two men on Wednesday, 16 June, following the seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of over £60,000 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.17: Edmundas Gedvilas (63) was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment – half in prison and half on licence – for one count of Possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply: Raimondas Zilionis (41) was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment – half in prison and half on licence – for two counts of Possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply:

PSNI Report: ‘Detectives welcome sentencing of two men at Newry Court for 32-months following seizure of drugs’

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Detective Inspector Shaw said: “I welcome the conviction of both Gedvilas and Zilionis following the recovery of these drugs in May 2020 after police stopped and searched a vehicle under the Misuse of Drugs Act on the Armagh road between Armagh and Newry. On completing a search of the area officers located an amount of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of over £60,000: The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to both preventing dangerous drugs from ending up in local communities and pursuing those intent on destroying lives through the supply of illicit drugs: Drug dealers seek to make profit at the expense of causing harm and loss to local families. They set out to ruin the communities that they operate in and they do not care about the damage that they cause, preying on the most vulnerable members of their communities: We will continue to robustly and proactively pursue those who are intent on damaging our communities by supplying illegal drugs and the communities most damaged by the scourge of drugs support our ongoing efforts.

I would appeal for anyone with information regarding the supply of illegal drugs to contact police on 101 or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”[15/06/21] Man arrested after male found with head injury, Limestone Road, north Belfast

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.17: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: Ending Harm Campaign: Caused by illegal money lenders has recently been launched as part of tackling Paramilitarism and gangs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.16: The Police Service of Northern Ireland is supporting the ‘Ending the Harm’ campaign launched today which aims to raise awareness of the devastating impact that illegal money lenders have on the wider community.

The “Ending the Harm” campaign, which is part of the Tackling Paramilitarism Programme, is aimed at highlighting the harm caused by paramilitary gangs, directly addressing the ‘societal shrug’ towards some paramilitary gang practices and this campaign represents another iteration of that.

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Speaking at today’s launch Assistant Chief Constable Bobby Singleton said: “This campaign highlights the devastating impact that illegal money lenders have, not only on victims, but their families, the local community and wider society: The people who purport to be helping people by offering them loans when they feel they have nowhere else to turn are not doing it for nothing. They will always want something in return – and I don’t just mean a hefty interest rate. In the long run they will want more than their money back. They will charge you exorbitant interest rates and set unrealistic pay back targets. They will tell you that you are in their debt forever, they will threaten you and coerce you into getting involved in their criminal world, for example, they may tell you that you have to peddle their drugs for them, or ‘handle’ criminal property: My message is simple. Policing works for communities, particularly for those communities that engage and work with us. We are targeting the groups and individuals we suspect are responsible for exploiting the most vulnerable in our community: There are obvious difficulties in getting victims of illegal money lenders to come forward due to fear but the Police are far from powerless when it comes to dealing with these people who are exploiting their own communities: Ultimately we all have a role to play in creating a safer society and ending the harm caused by these criminals.

“If you are in debt and feel you have nowhere to go please know that there is independent help available, Advice NI, which is an independent charity, offers confidential advice to anyone who finds themselves in this situation. For totally independent advice you can contact Advice NI on 0800 915 4604.”

Visit www.endingtheharm.com for more information, real-life stories and details of where to go for help and support.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.16: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) JUST IN: PSNI Report: Police in north received a report that a male had entered a parked car on the Limestone Road at around 1.20am on Tuesday 15th June finding him with a head injury #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.15: An ambulance was tasked and the man was taken to hospital where he is continuing to receive treatment at this time. A 26 year old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm a short time later and has been taken into custody for questioning:

[15/06/21] Man arrested after officers attended and upon arrival at the scene discovered an unconscious man with a head injury, at the junction of the Limestone Road and North Queen Street, who matched the description of this male.

Officers are working to establish the full circumstances of this incident and would appeal to anyone who was in the Limestone Road area at around 1.20am, and who may have witnessed or captured the incident on dash-cam, to contact police in Tennent Street on 101 quoting reference number 71 15/06/21.

You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.15: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI SCAM ALERT REPORT: Police are urging people across the country to be extra vigilant following a spate of scams reported recently resulting in the case of a loss of over £30,000 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.05: Over the past few weeks, police have received a number of reports of different scams. One victim was contacted by a male claiming to be from the HMRC who said they were owed money due to unpaid tax and asked them to transfer money to an account. They unfortunately transferred the money and were scammed out of around £13,000.

SCAM ONE: Monday, May 24th, a man received a text message claiming to be from his bank stating there was suspicious activity on his account so it had been suspended and someone would be in touch. He then received a telephone call from a male stating he was phoning from the bank and obtained bank details from the victim, unfortunately, almost £5,000 was removed.

SCAM TWO: Police urge public to be vigilant following scams across NI: On Tuesday, May 18th, police received a report that a man had received a message from someone claiming to be from his bank and stated that someone was attempting to access his account, the message instructed him to ring a number which he did, he was then told on the call to transfer his money into another account, unfortunately he agreed and has been scammed out of almost £13,000

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Superintendent Gerard Pollock said: “We understand that any amount of money lost to a scammer is a horrible experience for anyone: The threat of fraud, both online and offline, against the public is a constant focus for us and I want to take this opportunity to again appeal to people that on no account should anyone disclose their personal or financial details over the phone; always err on the side of caution. It’s really important that if you have older members of family, talk with them and tell them legitimate providers will never seek their personal details, such as banking information, over the phone. This is a really important conversation to have: Guarding your personal and banking details is essential. Never disclose them to any unauthorised person: If you have any suspicions at all about a call you receive, hang up and phone the organisation the person is claiming to represent to check their authenticity. Ideally, make the call from another telephone so you can be sure the original caller has not remained on the line. Never be pressured into a transaction over the phone.

If you have any concerns about unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040. You can also call police on the non-emergency number 101.” …….For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwisenior the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report……Published: Jun.05; 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: Detectives from Organised Crime Branch have arrested three people and recovered class B controlled drugs with a value of approximately £1million following the search of a vehicle and follow up searches on Friday 28th May #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.30: All three have been arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply and remain in custody at this time:

PSNI Organised Crime Branch Seize Drugs and Make Three Arrests: ‘This was as a result of follow up searches that were carried out at properties in Donaghadee, Ards and Bangor where £30,000 cash and a further substantial quantity of controlled drugs was discovered. A 36 year old woman was also arrested in Bangor’

Detective Inspector Kelly said: “A man aged 47 and a 38 year old woman were arrested after the car they were travelling in was stopped at Junction One in Antrim on Friday morning. A quantity of drugs was recovered from the vehicle and the pair were taken into custody: These arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into an organised crime gang and are the result of pain staking work being undertaken by officers who are committed to taking drugs and criminal cash out of circulation. This operation has seen police seize class B drugs with a potential street value of £1.2 million pounds and approximately £160,000 cash in total. We believe a significant blow has been dealt to this crime gang and we are committed to contributing to the safety and welfare of vulnerable members of the community who these gangs prey on: Drugs ruin lives, and I would appeal to anyone who has information about drugs, or any other criminal activity, to let us know:

Anyone with information can call on the non-emergency number 101, or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.30: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I.) PSNI REPORT: On Wednesday, 26 May forensic scientists are conducting further examinations at the apartment in Ashleigh Park, Carrickfergus where 47 year old Glenn Quinn was found murdered on Saturday, 4th January 2020 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.29: Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness said: “The investigation into the murder of Glenn Quinn is continuing and I would appeal to anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant they may think it is, to come forward to police: I believe that there are people living in Carrickfergus and the surrounding areas who know what happened to Glenn. Any information in relation to the investigation, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be the vital piece we need to bring whoever murdered Glenn before the courts to answer for their heinous actions.”

UPDATE: [26/05/21] Police issue further appeal in relation to the murder of Glenn Quinn

Detective Chief Inspector McGuinnes: “It is believed that Glenn was attacked whilst returning to his home on Friday 3rd January 2020 by a gang of violent men: These men are believed to have initially attacked Glenn in the communal hallway of the apartment block before forcing their way into his apartment and launching a sustained and violent attack on Glenn:

We know that Glenn was previously assaulted outside his home on 29th December 2019 and while he wasn’t badly injured, he was left frightened by the attack: Glenn’s heartbroken family need answers and deserve to see these barbaric killers put behind bars. We would ask those with information to come forward:

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PSNI REPORT:

The independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Glenn’s murder: Glenn’s family deserve justice, so anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.29: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: Detectives are appealing for information following the report of an assault on a man in Dungannon last night (Saturday 22 May) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.25: Officers responded to the call, along with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the victim was subsequently transferred to hospital for treatment of his injuries where he remains at this time. A man, aged 47 years old, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, and he remains in custody at this time, assisting officers with their enquiries:

PSNI Officers Appeal for Information: ‘Following an incident in Dungannon: Police received a report shortly before 11pm that a man, aged in his twenties, had been stabbed in the Killyman Road area’

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 Detective Sergeant Robinson said: “An investigation is underway to establish exactly what occurred and who was involved. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area shortly before 11pm and witnessed what occurred or, who may have recorded what occurred, to get in touch with us on 101, quoting reference 2258 of 22/05/21.”

A report can also be made online via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or  http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

We are keen to hear from witnesses of this incident

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.25: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: Detectives investigating a serious incident in Derry/Londonderry on Friday night (21st May) during which masked men fired shots in a residential area of the city are appealing for witnesses and information #AceNewsDesk report

Paramilitary Crime Taskforce Appeal Report: ‘After masked men fire shots in Derry/Londonderry: The incident involving at least 12 masked men who had gathered in Ardfoyle, just off Bishop Street, was reported to police just before 9pm on Friday. Police subsequently became aware of video footage circulating on social media showing masked men firing shots into the air’

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Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones added: “The sight of armed and masked men on the streets of Derry/Londonderry is unacceptable. The recklessness of discharging firearms in a crowded residential area with young children actually present is beyond belief: “ That such actions would be applauded by onlookers is also deeply concerning.

“However, the public can be assured we will continue to work with communities and our partners in the Paramilitary Crime Task Force to disrupt those involved in such criminal activities and reduce the harm they cause in our communities.”[23/05/21] Fresh appeal in relation to missing brothers Patrick and Fabricio Hovarth

Derry City & Strabane Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones said: “An investigation is underway to establish who is responsible for this brazen armed show of strength that was carried out when it was still light outside, and in front of a significant crowd of people, including young children: The fact this occurred in the middle of a built-up area is even more shocking because any of the bullets fired could have ricocheted or strayed at any moment and into the nearby crowd, among which young children were present: It is extremely worrying these masked gunmen thought it was acceptable to carry out this reckless act and it illustrates the contempt they have for people in their community: What occurred was utterly appalling and has no place in today’s society, nor is there any justification for such scenes: Our officers have been in the Ardfoyle area conducting enquiries today, and I am appealing to anyone who can assist our investigation to get in touch. In particular, we want to hear from anyone who witnessed what occurred: Did you see the masked men in the area? Did you see how did they got there? Did you see how they left? Do you know who organised the event? Do you know what vehicles were in the area on Friday night and have you any CCTV, or do you know of any in the area? Did you capture what occurred on dash cam, or on your mobile phone?

If you have information, I would urge you to get in touch with us and tell us what you know. The number to call is 101, quoting reference number 1969 of 21/05/21.” A report can also be made online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

#AceNewsDesk report …Published: May.24: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force targeting the organised criminal activity of East Belfast UVF, assisted by officers from the Local Policing Team today recovered a significant quantity of controlled drugs following a search #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May23: Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force targeting the organised criminal activity of East Belfast UVF, assisted by officers from the Local Policing Team today recovered a significant quantity of controlled drugs following a search in East Belfast:

BELFAST: ‘Paramilitary Crime Task Force Report: Suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £350,000 and a large quantity of cash was seized and man aged 56 years has been arrested and remains in custody at this stage’

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Detective Inspector O’Neill said: “The Paramilitary Crime Task Force continue to disrupt the criminality activity of organised criminals who badge themselves as paramilitaries. Today’s operation was part of our ongoing proactive investigation into the criminality of East Belfast UVF: “ The substantial quantity of Class A controlled drugs removed from the streets not only removes these dangerous drugs from circulation, It also will impact on the groups finances and ability to cause harm: “ Today’s seizure is evidence of police commitment to listening to local communities and acting on what they tell us: “ I would encourage anyone with information about the supply of illegal drugs or information about paramilitary organised crime to get in touch with police on 101.

I would also like to thank all those people who have come forward to police with this information to date.”[22/05/21] Ballyclare fatal collision: Man who died named as Wilson Kennedy

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.23: 2021:

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LONDON) Dept of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs Report: Veterinary medicines identified by courier company seizure notice at Belfast depot find unathorised medicines #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.19: The following veterinary medicines were identified by a courier company based at a Belfast depot: The products were then detained and subsequently seized by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

‘Animal medicine seizure notice: Parcel addressed to Belfast, County Antrim: Details of seizure notice served following a parcel addressed to a premises and stopped at the courier depot’

This parcel was addressed to residential premises in Belfast, County Antrim and was shipped from India. The parcel contained:

  • Two boxes of Toxo-mox 250 (200 tablets)
  • Ten boxes of Drontal plus tablets (200 tablets)

These medicines were not authorised UK medicines.

A UK authorised version of Drontal plus is available and this is intended for use in dogs as a wormer. Toxo-mox 250 was labelled as an antibiotic therapy for use in cats and dogs.

The medicines were seized under Regulation 25 (Importation of unauthorised veterinary medicinal products) of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.19: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Terrorism Investigation Unit Report: Detectives have charged a 52 year old man with terrorism offences #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewssReport – May.15: The charges are in connection with the discovery of improvised explosive devices at Ballyquin Road, Dungiven on 19th April 2021 and Skeoge Road, Londonderry on 9th July 2016, and the discovery of an improvised mortar bomb device at Church View, Strabane on 7th September 2019:

PSNI REPORT: 52 Year Old Man Charged With Terrorism Offences: ‘He has been charged with 5 offences, including preparatory acts of terrorism, possession of articles for use in terrorism as well as three separate charges of possession of explosive devices with intent to endanger life. The man is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Friday 14th May. As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS’

PSNI REPORT:

He was arrested in Derry/Londonderry on Wednesday in connection with the attempted murder of a female member of police staff, who is also a part time police officer, following the discovery of a viable explosive device beside the young mother’s car in Ballyquin Road, Dungiven on Monday 19th April and as part of Op Ledging, targeting the New IRA’s bomb making activities as well as the group’s storage of explosive devices and equipment.

Two other men, aged 23 and 62, arrested in Derry/Londonderry on Wednesday in connection with the attempted murder of a female member of police staff, who is also a part time police officer in Dungiven have been released following questioning as the investigation continues.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.15: 2021:

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BELFAST, N.I) Ballymurphy Inquest Report: Ten people killed in west Belfast almost 50 years ago in the wake of an Army operation were “entirely innocent”, an inquest has found #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.12: The shootings happened after an operation in which paramilitary suspects were detained without trial: Victims included a priest trying to help the wounded and a mother of eight: Nine of the 10 victims were killed by the Army, the coroner said: The coroner could not definitively say who shot the tenth victim, John McKerr.

Ballymurphy Inquest: Coroner finds 10 victims were innocent: ‘The inquest, which began in November 2018, examined the deaths in and around the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast in August 1971’ Mrs Justice Keegan, who delivered her findings over the course of more than two hours, said the deaths took place during Northern Ireland’s Troubles in a “highly charged and difficult environment”.

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BBC News NIA priest and a mother of eight were among the 10 people killed at Ballymurphy

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The killings happened over three days immediately following the introduction of internment – the arrest and detention of paramilitary suspects without trial.

She noted that during that time there was widespread disorder. 

Across Belfast alone on 9 and 10 August 1971, it was recorded that there were approximately 12 explosions, 59 shooting incidents, 17 reported deaths, 25 reported injuries, 13 incidents of rioting, 18 reports of arson and other reports of civil disorder of various kinds.

But Mrs Justice Keegan concluded, to a round of applause: “What is very clear, is that all of the deceased in the series of inquests were entirely innocent of any wrongdoing on the day in question.”

Eileen McKeown, daughter of victim Joseph Corr, said her family was “delighted” with the findings and added that now the “world knows that they are innocent”.Watch families of Ballymurphy victims react to the inquest verdict

Statement from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the findings of the Ballymurphy inquest

Statement from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the findings of the Ballymurphy inquest.

A UK government spokesperson said it would now “take the time to review the report and carefully consider the conclusions”.

Mrs Justice Keegan said the effects of the killings on the families of the 10 victims had been “stark”. 

Inquests were held into the deaths in 1972, but they were separate and returned open verdicts. 

The new inquests, which began in November 2018, have been held together.The roots of Northern Ireland’s Troubles lie deep in Irish history

The court heard almost 100 days of evidence from more than 150 witnesses. 

These included more than 60 former soldiers, more than 30 civilians and experts in ballistics, pathology and engineering. 

What did Mrs Justice Keegan say?

Father Hugh Mullan, 38 and Francis Quinn, 19

The coroner found both men were shot by the Army on 9 August 1971, although neither was armed. 

She said there was no evidence Mr Quinn had a gun or was in close proximity to someone who had a gun. 

She said she was quite convinced Fr Mullan was a “peace-maker” and that he was carrying a white object at the time that he was shot. 

“He had made representations to the Army earlier about the issues that were pertaining in the community. Letters sent by the military after his death provided an indication of the esteem in which he was held,” the coroner found. 

Mrs Justice Keegan said there was enough evidence both men were trying to render help to someone injured at the time.

She concluded, in the case of both men, that “the use of force was clearly disproportionate”.

Pat Quinn, the brother of Francis Quinn, later said it was a great day for the families, “but it’s also a bittersweet day”.

Joan Connolly, 44; Daniel Teggart, 44; Noel Phillips, 19; Joseph Murphy, 41

Mrs Justice Keegan found there was “no doubt” the four were shot by the Army in August 1971.

She acknowledged the Army was coming under fire from gunmen in the area at the time, but she concluded the use of force against the deceased was “clearly disproportionate”.

She said they were innocent, unarmed and were “posing no risk.”

The coroner said it was clear the environment was difficult at the time, with many people, including children, out on the streets but she said the state had failed to establish that the shootings were justified.

“The four deceased were unarmed and were not acting in any way of threat. No arms were found on or near the deceased and there was no evidence of gunshot residue that satisfied evidential standards,” Mrs Justice Keegan said. 

“None of the deceased were claimed as members of the IRA, none had military trappings at their funerals and their death notices highlighted no association.”

Ruling on a claim by a soldier that 33 rounds of ammunition were found in a pocket on clothes worn by Mr Teggart, she said if this was the case it was “quite an amount of ammunition” yet it was not mentioned by other soldiers.

She concluded she was not satisfied that “this fact is proven.”

The coroner said there was some IRA activity in the area, and she was satisfied the military were justified in using force. 

“There was, however, no justification provided by the Army for the shootings of the four deceased,” she added. 

Later, Briege Voyle, Ms Connolly’s daughter, said the Army told a lie 50 years ago and the UK government covered up that lie.

“The coroner’s findings are clear she was innocent,” she said. 

Janet Donnelly, the daughter of Joseph Murphy, said that for 50 years her family had lived with the knowledge that her father was “an innocent civilian murdered by British paratroopers”.

Mrs Justice Keegan said Mr Doherty was an innocent man when he was shot, who posed no threat. She said he was on the street and had come across events on his way home. 

She said he was not linked with the IRA and there was was no sign of petrol or explosives on his body. 

“He was not a petrol bomber and he was not acting in any other way that would justify a violent attack on him,” the coroner said. 

“Mr Doherty was not associated with any terrorist group. He was an innocent victim of the situation.”

She said a British soldier, known as M3, fired in response to a petrol bomber, but the “firing of his weapon was disproportionate to the risk posed to him”.

“Unfortunately, Mr Doherty was caught up in what happened in this incident and he lost his life as a result,” Mrs Justice Keegan said. 

Later on Tuesday, Mr Doherty’s sister, Kathleen, said she was “elated that my brother’s name is eventually cleared”.

“He was a good man and he was a humble man,” she told the BBC’s Evening Extra programme.

Joseph Corr, 43, and John Laverty, 20

Mrs Justice Keegan found that on the balance of probability, both men were shot by the Army. 

She said it was wrong to describe the two men as gunmen and that rumour should be dispelled. 

She also said the Royal Military Police investigation of the killings at the time was inadequate.

“There was no adequate investigation by the Royal Military Police. The Coroner found that both men were shot in the back when either crouching, crawling or prone,” the coroner’s verdict stated. 

“There was no evidence that the deceased were armed or acting in a manner that could be perceived as posing a threat.”

Carmel Quinn, Mr Laverty’s sister, later said “no-one cared” about her brother’s death.

“He was my big brother and we would never give up fighting for him,” she said. 

Eileen McKeown, Mr Corr’s daughter, said her family was “delighted” with the rulings and that the “world knows that they [the victims] are innocent”.

Mrs Justice Keegan said Mr McKerr was an innocent man who was not acting in any suspicious way when he was shot. She said he was “indiscriminately shot on the street”.

She said he had “no association with the IRA” and that his family could now know that any claim to the contrary could be allayed “once and for all.”

She said he may have been shot by a stray bullet but it was not possible for her to say where any shot may have come from. 

She said the evidence was not clear or consistent in this case and there was no direct evidence as to who fired the fatal shot. 

“The military were in the area at the time, but that did not equate to responsibility for the death. As a result of weaknesses in the evidence and the limitations of the original investigation, it was impossible to say where exactly any shot came from,” the coroner found. 

The coroner said it was shocking there was no real investigation into his death at the time. 

“Not one statement was taken from the military in the area, the scene was not sealed and the bullet was not recovered.

“It is in itself a serious indictment of the state’s failure to properly investigate the death of an innnocent civilian,” she said. 

Concluding her remarks after more than two hours, Mrs Justice Keegan said she wanted to acknowledge the families of the victims and said it must be a difficult occasion of remembrance.

Who were the victims?

She added: “I do express the hope that some peace may now be achieved now that these findings of the inquest have been delivered.”

At the scene: 

Catherine Morrison, BBC News NI

After the findings were delivered, the families of the victims streamed out of the makeshift courtroom at the Waterfront conference centre in Belfast wreathed in smiles. 

Hugging each other, some crying with relief and with joy, they spoke of their delight at the coroner’s findings: the names of their loved ones finally cleared after 50 years.

Pat Quinn, whose brother Frank was shot dead during one incident on 9 August 1971, said he shed tears for the first time in many years.

PA MediaRelatives of those killed in Ballymurphy hugged after the coroner declared their loves ones innocent

Others remembered family members who have since died and were not here for today’s ruling.

There were cheers as relatives left and had their photographs taken by the waiting press in the bright sunshine.

It’s been a hugely significant day for these families.

Mrs Justice Keegan said often, during the hearings, that she wanted to hear evidence that would help her understand what had happened.

She has had to decide the circumstances of how each person died on the balance of probability.

She has also had to determine who was there, where the shooting came from, who she thought fired the fatal shot, and the circumstances in which those shots came to be fired. 

Other information or witnesses were missing.

One person, known as Witness X, offered to pass on what he knew about Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) snipers in the area. 

But he never gave evidence in the end and the court concluded that ballistics evidence cast some doubt on what he had indicated that he would say.

There was clear testimony at the inquest that the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA were in the area on those days and did open fire on certain occasions. None of them testified.

What has been the reaction?

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, the vice-president of Sinn Féin, said the victims were innocent and the families had been vindicated. 

Justice Minister Naomi Long tweeted that the families “had to battle too hard and too long” to hear Tuesday’s verdict. 

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the inquest had allowed people who were killed and who were innocent “to have their case put forward” and that moving forward a legacy process was needed which “enables innocent victims – particularly those who were victims of terrorism – to have the opportunity of access to justice”.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said he was “inspired by the fearless dedication of these families”.

Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Michéal Martin said “the legacy of violence in Northern Ireland remains a deep wound”.

Shadow NI Secretary Louise Haigh said the families’ 50-year wait was “a profound failure of justice”.

A UK government spokesperson said: “We note the coroner’s findings which have been long awaited by the bereaved families of the deceased, military personnel and their relatives. 

“We recognise how difficult the process has been for all of those affected by the events of August 1971 and the inquest. We will now take the time to review the report and carefully consider the conclusions drawn.”

READ MORE: Ballymurphy findings ‘cast new light on dark pages’

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: Detectives are appealing for information following an arson attack at the home of a serving police officer on the Glenarm Road in Larne during the early hours of this morning, Thursday 29 April #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: At around 1.45am this morning Police received a report of three cars on fire at the address.

Arson Attack at Home of Serving Police Officer: ‘Police attended and found that the cars had been set alight all three cars were destroyed as a result. The fire had also caused scorch damage to the dwelling. The officer, his wife and daughter, who were in the house at the time were not injured’

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Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: “We are investigating this as an incident of arson. This was a completely reckless attack which could have had serious consequences. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported in what was a terrifying ordeal for the officer and his family. There are no words to describe those who would set fire to vehicles in the dark of night outside a family home when the occupants were asleep inside. Their actions stand in stark contrast to the officer who everyday serves our community with dignity, respect and courtesy: “At the present time we are keeping an open mind as to the motivation behind this attack however a primary line of enquiry is that criminal elements may be responsible. Detectives have now initiated a full investigation, which I can assure the community will be thorough and robust: “I would take this opportunity to appeal for the help of the people of Larne and further afield in identifying those responsible. Were you in the Glenarm Road area late last night of early this morning? Did you see anyone or anything you felt was suspicious? Do you have any information about this incident? No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation, is asked to call detectives in Larne on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 100 29/04/21, or to submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.[28/04/21] Man arrested officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) by

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI Terrorism Investigation Unit Report: Detectives have today launched the Major Incident Public Portal as part of their investigation into the attempted murder of a female member of police staff, who is also a part time police officer #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: The device, which had explosives attached to a container with flammable liquid, was designed to cause a fireball which would have engulfed the victim’s car and anyone in it or anyone close by, or those calling to the house:

UPDATE: Dungiven attempted murder: Detectives launch Major Incident Public Portal: Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the viable device which was discovered beside the young mother’s car in Ballyquin Road, Dungiven on Monday 19th April.

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“What is really distressing is the terrorists placed the bomb at the rear of the car directly at the point where the victim’s three year old  daughter sits. It demonstrates the complete and utter disregard those who planted it had for the life of a mother and her very young daughter. This was a cowardly and despicable act carried out by desperate people. They deserve no support from any part of our community.

“While the investigation is at an early stage and detectives are keeping an open mind, we are aware that a claim has been made on behalf of the new IRA and this is a strong line of enquiry for us.

“I appeal to anyone who has any knowledge of this attack, or indeed of anyone involved in dissident republican, or other violent or terrorist, activity to come forward and provide any information they have to the police. We particularly want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Ballyquin Road, Dungiven between Monday 12th and Monday 19th April 2021.

“Today we have launched the Major Incident Public Portal at: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI21Q07-PO1 so that people can tell us what they know, send photographs or upload video or dash-cam footage.

“I am appealing to anyone who has any information to talk to us. Please pick up the phone and tell us what you know on 101 or alternatively on the anonymous Crimestoppers charity number on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

“We all need to work together to bring those responsible for attempting to kill a three year old child and her mother to justice.”

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(BELFAST, N.I) Crown Court Report: A parcel delivery driver has been found guilty of assisting in the importation of class A drugs into Northern Ireland, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency, working as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: It followed the seizure of a parcel containing around 94 grams of cocaine, hidden within a car part: The parcel containing the drugs had been sent from the Republic of Ireland and was destined for an address on Casson’s delivery round in Belfast:

Belfast delivery driver found guilty of importing class A drugs: ‘Colin Casson, 45, of Dunmurry was arrested by NCA officers in November 2018 at his depot in Belfast & the drugs would have had a street value of more than £27,000 if cut and sold’

On Thursday 22 April, following a one week trial at Belfast Laganside Crown Court, Casson was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in the importation of controlled drugs. He has been released on bail until sentencing on 27 May.

National Crime Agency regional head of investigations Gerry McLean said:

“Casson attempted to use his insider knowledge of the fast parcel system to thwart checks and bring class A drugs into Northern Ireland.

“Working with our partners through the PCTF we are determined to stem the flow of illegal drugs and stop the violence and exploitation that comes with them.”

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly, of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, added: “ We are committed to working as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task to bring those involved in drugs criminality before the courts.”

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(BELFAST, N.I.) PSNI Major Investigation Team Report: Detectives have launched a murder inquiry after the body of a 61 year old woman was found at an address off Main Street in Limavady yesterday afternoon (Friday 23 April) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.26: A post mortem was carried out today (Saturday 24 April) which established the victim died as a result of a number of blows to the head. Her name was Ludmila Poletelova. She was a Latvian national who had lived and worked in the town for a number of years. Her family have been informed and our family liaison officers are supporting them at what is obviously a shocking and horrific time for them.

PSNI Report: Murder Investigation Launched in Limavady: Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness said: “Around 2.45pm yesterday, police received a report of a sudden death of a woman at a flat in the Lodge Court area of the town. Police and NIAS attended the scene:

“The victim had not been seen by friends or neighbours since Monday (19 April) and so we are working on retracing her movements over recent days and scouring CCTV footage from shops and businesses in the area. 

“I am making an urgent appeal to the public for information. Were you walking or driving in the Main Street area of Limavady any time between last Monday morning, 19th April and the afternoon of Friday 23rd April? If you were and you have dashcam footage or saw any suspicious or unusual activity in the area, it is vitally important that you get in touch with police. 

“This was a vicious attack on a woman in her own home – a place where she should have been safe and secure. I want to reassure the local community that we are working round the clock to apprehend the perpetrator. 

“Members of the public will see a greater police presence in the area as a team of detectives carries out investigations close to the property and in Limavady town centre, today and over the weekend. We will have more officers on the ground and mobile patrols in the area. 

“You can contact us with information by calling 101 and quoting reference number 1073 of 23/4/21.You can also make a report online, using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”

We are keen to hear from witnesses of this incident

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: Police have made two arrests in relation to an incident in Coalisland in the early hours of Saturday 17th April during which a police officer was injured and a suspected cannabis factory was subsequently discovered #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: As part of follow-up enquiries, a search of a property at an address in Coalisland was carried out where a suspected cannabis factory and a quantity of suspected Class B drugs, with an estimated street value of almost £17,000, and other items, including drug-related paraphernalia, were seized. They have been taken away and will be subject to further examination.

PSNI Officers Arrests made after suspected cannabis factory discovered: ‘Police responded to a report of a suspected burglary in progress at an address on Dungannon Road at around 12:50am. Two male suspects were located in the vicinity and, as one of the officers attempted to detain one of the suspects, a male officer was punched’

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A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offences, including burglary, handling stolen goods, possession of a Class B controlled drug, cultivating cannabis, assault on police and resisting police. A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of offences, including burglary, handling stolen goods, cultivating cannabis and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply. Both men remain in custody, at this time, assisting police with enquiries.

Inspector Cochrane said: “The officer who was assaulted was taken to hospital as a precaution and is expected to return to duty today. However, what happened to our officer must be condemned. This morning, our colleague was working to keep people safe when he was assaulted. It’s completely unacceptable and must never be tolerated.”

Inspector Cochrane is appealing to anyone who may have been in the Dungannon Road area around 12:45am to 12:50am and saw any suspicious activity to call 101, and quote reference number 77 of 17/04/21. You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Inspector Cochrane added: “I want to take this opportunity to thank the member of public who made the report about the suspected burglary in progress to us. I would also take this opportunity to encourage anyone who sees any unusual or suspicious activity in their area to call us: “ The public can be assured we are committed to tackling the illegal supply and use of drugs, and we will continue to investigate those who profit from the consequent misery and harm, and I would ask any member who has any information about drugs or drug-dealing in their community to call us so we can take action. That call could make all the difference.” [16/04/21] Male arrested on suspicion of fraud following call from relative

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(BELFAST, N.I) PSNI REPORT: As officers were dealing with the incident, a police firearm was discharged and the male sustained a chest injury…….He remains in hospital at this time #AceNewsDesk report

Statement from The Police Ombudsman’s Office: The Police Ombudsman’s Office is investigating after a man was shot by police in Derry/Londonderry last night (Saturday 17 April): The man has been taken to hospital where he is understood to be in a critical condition: One police officer has been treated for stab wounds to his arm and head.The incident happened at around 10.45pm at a flat at Celandine Court in the Gobnascale area of the Waterside.

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Police in Derry/Londonderry responded to a report of concern for safety for a man at an address in Celandine Court in Gobnascale at approximately 10:45pm last night (Saturday, 17th April) A police officer sustained a knife wound to his arm and head during the incident and he was taken to hospital for treatment: The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has been informed and is investigating: There are no further details at this time.

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A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman’s Office said: “Our investigators are at the scene and are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of what happened: “At this stage, we know that police went to the flat after receiving a call for assistance. There was then a confrontation during which one police officer sustained stab wounds and police discharged CS spray and a single gunshot.“Police notified the Police Ombudsman’s on-call team about the incident, and our investigators have been making enquiries at the scene throughout the night.

“We would be keen to hear from anyone who knows anything about what happened, and would ask anybody who might be able to assist our enquiries to call our freephone witness appeal line on 0800 032 7880.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.19: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I.) PSNI REPORT: A man in his 50s has been shot in the legs by masked men in the Waterside in Londonderry in the second such attack in the city within three days after previous violence across the capital that injured 14-officers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: The Police Service of Northern Ireland described the latest shooting as a “ruthless attack” ……Those who carry out these shootings have no regard for the trauma they are causing either to the victim or anyone in the vicinity of the attack,” it said:

Londonderry: Second man shot in legs in city this week: It happened at a house at Whitethorn Drive in Currynierin at about 23:00 BST on Thursday: Two men forced their way into the house before shooting the man a number of times in the legs & on Tuesday a man in his 20s was shot in what police said was a “paramilitary-style assault” in the Bogside.

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The shooting on Thursday night happened in the Currynierin area of the city

Derry’s Mayor Brian Tierney said his thoughts were with the injured man and his family after the “brutal” shooting on Thursday: “This isn’t something we want in any of our estates or any of our streets,” he said:

‘Shootings need to stop’

“It only instils fear and intimidates an entire community when people are running around acting as judge, jury and executioner.

“I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of anyone who decides it is a good idea to take the law into their own hands.”

It is the seventh shooting in Derry since the start of this year.

Mr Tierney, an SDLP councillor, said he would raise his concerns about the recent gun attacks with police on Friday:

Sinn Fein councillor Paul Fleming said the attacks “need to stop immediately”.

“There is no place for these type of incidents in our society and those behind them need to realise that and go away,” he said.

Detectives have asked anyone with information about the attacks to contact them.

Last Week on Saturday 10th April: 14 officers injured in latest Belfast disorder

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Police are investigating further disorder in Belfast last night: The disorder occurred in various parts of the city including Duncairn Gardens -Tigers Bay area, and North Queen Street: During the disorder, which started shortly after 5pm, petrol bombs and masonry, including roof tiles, were thrown at police. There was an attempt to hijack vehicles on Limestone Road and, on North Queen Street, a car was hijacked and set on fire and pushed towards police lines: Three male teenagers, all aged 14 years old, were arrested during the disorder and they have all been released pending further enquiries: As a result of the disorder on North Queen Street, 14 officers were injured bringing the total number of officers injured during recent disorder to 88.

Chief Inspector Darren Fox said: “These were disgraceful scenes, which lasted until approximately 1am, that unfolded on the streets of our city last night. This was reckless and dangerous criminal behaviour which resulted in a number of our officers sustaining injury. Thankfully, most of these injuries are not serious. However, a male officer was knocked unconscious and required hospital treatment. As you can imagine, none of our officers go out expecting to be attacked in this way: “ Again, we reiterate our message that this shameful and senseless behaviour is achieving nothing other than wrecking local communities. Residents in these areas, or indeed anywhere, do not want or deserve to experience the fear many of them will have felt in recent nights: “ I am appealing to all those with influence to help bring this violence to an end and, to parents, guardians and community leaders, we ask that you use your influence to ensure we do not see a repeat of such disorder: “ The community can be reassured we will continue to work to keep people safe, and an investigation is underway and evidence gathered will now be reviewed and those identified will face the full rigour of the law.”

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