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Survivors feel betrayed all over again by chaotic inquiry

I have been shown a letter by a victim who approached the inquiry willing to give evidence is strict confidence back in October.

She heard nothing then until this month when she suddenly got a letter from the police, who had been passed her details.

She was horrified by this - her alleged abuser was a family member and she did not want the police involved.

The inquiry say it is their policy, and it says on their website, that they will inform the police if they are told of a crime.

What this amounts to is a group of survivors who have been abused, who feel they have been very let down by the authorities in the past and who see the chaos around this inquiry and feel betrayed all over again.

Russian planes near UK airspace an 'increasing pattern'

The Foreign Office has said that it has summoned the Russian Ambassador after Russian planes coming very near UK airspace is part of an "increasing pattern."

Russian aircraft manoeuvres yesterday are part of increasing pattern of out of area operations by Russian aircraft.

While the Russian planes did not enter sovereign UK airspace and were escorted by RAF Typhoons throughout the time they were in the UK area of interest, the Russian planes caused disruption to civil aviation. That is why we summoned the Russian Ambassador today to account for the incident.

– Foreign Office spokesperson


Information from 3 major inquiries goes missing in post

The Ministry of Justice has admitted information from three judge-led inquiries, including two fatal police shootings, have gone missing in the post.

They relate to the Azelle Rodney Inquiry, the Robert Hamill Inquiry and the Mark Duggan Inquest.

An MoJ spokesman said: "The government takes information security extremely seriously and this incident is a breach of the arrangements that should be in place.

"At this stage there is no evidence to indicate that the information loss arose from malicious intent."

Broadcasters turn down DUP TV debate request

DUP leader Peter Robinson had asked for his party to be included. Credit: PA

ITV and BBC have written to Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to explain why they will not be included in TV debates ahead of the General Election.

In the letter, the broadcasters said it would be unfair to include one party from Northern Ireland but no others.

They added that the alternative of including all five major parties in the country - DUP, Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionist Party, the SDLP and the Alliance Party - would be "disproportionate" and "not in the wider interests of viewers throughout the UK".

At present, the broadcasters have proposals in place to involve party leaders from seven parties: Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Ukip, Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru.

The letter noted: "Including all the major Northern Ireland parties in the network programmes would mean having 12 participants - and 97% of viewers in the rest of the UK would not be able to vote for at least five of those twelve parties."

Both the BBC and UTV plan dedicated debates in Northern Ireland involving all the larger Northern Ireland parties.

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