Police Ombudsman appeals for witnesses to Colum Marks shooting

The Police Ombudsman have appealed for eye witnesses to the shooting of Colum Marks in 1991.

INVESTIGATORS from the Police Ombudsman's office will be visiting Downpatrick this week, in an attempt to gather information about a controversial RUC shooting in the Co Down town more than 27 years ago.

Colum Marks was fatally wounded when police opened fire during an attempted mortar attack on security forces in Downpatrick in April 1991.

His family claimed the RUC was aware of a planned IRA operation more than eight hours before the shooting, which happened in a field near Folly Lane in the town, and so should have been able to arrest any suspects.

In 2016, legal action, taken in a bid to compel the Police Ombudsman to investigate the shooting, ended after it emerged that a new eyewitness had came forward with the watchdog agreeing to take on the case.

The 29-year-old's family previously claimed there was evidence to suggest a state agent was involved.

The ombudsman's office is now appealing for anyone who may have information to help with their investigation to come forward.

Investigators will be at South East Regional College in Market Street between 10am and 6pm on Wednesday, November 14.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have any information about this incident to come and speak to our investigators", a spokesperson said.

"Alternatively, anyone with any information can contact us on our freephone witness appeal line, which is 0800 345 7106".

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