Ombudsman to probe police investigation into Kingsmill

February 16, 2015

The Police Ombudsman is to head up a review of the police response to the Kingsmill Massacre after receiving complaints that the follow-up investigation was inadequate.

Representatives of some of the bereaved families lodged complaints with the ombudsman’s office accusing police of failing to arrest named suspects and neglecting to preserve the murder scene.

Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead in the IRA attack near Whitecross on 5th January 1976, while an eleventh man, Alan Black, survived despite being shot 18 times.  The only Catholic on board the minibus, in which the men were returning home to Bessbrook, was uninjured.

Having reviewed the original murder file and the findings of an Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report in 2011, the Police Ombudsman has decided sufficient evidence exists to examine how the investigation into the murders was carried out.

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman said the probe would “focus on an allegation that the police investigation of the Kingsmill’s attack was poor, that from an early stage police did not secure the murder scene and that they later failed to arrest named suspects.”

It’s believed the case will begin in the Autumn.