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Police have met Peadar Heffron about Ombudsman's report

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris. Picture by Mal McCann

DEPUTY Chief Constable Drew Harris has said a senior officer met former constable Peadar Heffron this week to discuss the ombudsman's report.

"He is continuing in his efforts to re-build his life after the terrorist attack and has asked to be allowed to do so privately," he said.

DCC Harris welcomed the conclusion that the attack could not have been prevented.

Referring to the separate finding that intelligence officers did not give detectives information they requested, he said the PSNI's "view is that this line of enquiry was pursued and belatedly closed down but that it was not directly related to the attempted murder of Constable Heffron".

He said there was "an administrative failing in this case in which the line of enquiry was not processed as quickly as it should have been".

"This issue has been addressed and resolved by a number of measures including the establishment of secure means of passing material from Intelligence Branch to Serious Crime Branch."

DCC Harris added that the two detective superintendents are being disciplined and he is considering how to discipline the detective sergeants.

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