Northern Ireland’s police force let Protestant paramilitary informers get away with a string of murders for years, according to a new report. The British province’s police ombudsman, Nuala O’Loan says officers ignored criminal activities to protect undercover agents within the banned Ulster Volunteer Force:
“On many occasions in the course of the work of my office, we have identified many examples of excellent policing, past and present. This is in stark contrast to the collusion and systemic failures by some officers which have been identified in this report,” she said.
The report also says some officers even “baby-sat” known killers during police interviews to help them avoid incriminating themselves. Some of the agents criticised in the report have rejected the allegations as unfounded. However, the victims’ families are likely to call for renewed inquiries.