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What were the letters sent to On-The-Runs?

  • Around 200 so-called letters of assurance were sent to fugitive Irish republicans telling them they were not wanted by British authorities
  • The letters were sent to sustain the Northern Ireland peace process
  • A senior police commander told MPs that 95 of the people who received letters were linked to 295 murders during the Troubles
  • The prosecution of a man accused over the 1982 Hyde Park bombing collapsed when it emerged he had been wrongly sent a letter of assurance in 2007

Victim's father: 'I don't think any of us will get justice'

The father of a 12-year-old boy killed in the 1993 Warrington bombings said he did not think victims' families "would ever get justice" in the conventional sense.

Colin Parry told Good Morning Britain families involved in the "On The Runs" secret letters scandal wanted to know what deals had been made between the British Government and the IRA.

Background to Northern Ireland 'On The Runs' crisis

  • Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson threatened to resign after the existence of the letters was made public.
  • David Cameron called the letters a "dreadful mistake".
  • The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 meant anyone convicted of paramilitary crimes was eligible for early release from prison.
  • However, this did not cover those suspected of such crimes, nor did it cover people who had been charged or convicted, but who had escaped from prison.


Findings into secret letters sent to 'On The Runs' due

The results of a judicial review into secret letters sent to Northern Ireland's "On The Runs" telling them they were no longer wanted, are to be published.

Lady Justice Dame Heather Hallett has previously overseen the inquiry into the 7/7 bombings. Credit: PA

Lady Justice Hallett's review into letters sent by authorities to republican terrorism suspects was ordered by David Cameron earlier this year.

The scheme was made public when the trial collapsed of a man suspected of the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing.

Police in Northern Ireland mistakenly told John Downey in 2007 that he was no longer being sought by Scotland Yard.

Unexplained rash? There could be nickel in your iPad

Nickel has been found in the plastic coating of iPads and other electronic devices. Credit: PA

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad, because it may contain nickel.

The most common allergy-inducing metal was discovered in various electronic devices, including laptops and mobile phones.

But an Apple iPad was found to be the culprit of an itchy rash which covered the body of an 11-year-old boy in America recently.

Apple spokesman Chris Gaither said reactions like this were 'extremely rare' and added the company's products were made from the highest quality materials which met the same strict standards for jewellery in both the US and Europe.

Research shows women tend to react more to nickel than men. But it doesn't mean you have to stop using your iPad as a protective cover on the plastic coating should stop nickel coming into contact with skin.

'Viable letter bomb' found in Northern Ireland

A suspicious package found at a sorting office in Northern Ireland was a viable letter bomb, police said.

A spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: "Police are currently attending a security alert following the discovery of a suspicious package at the postal sorting office in Mallusk Road, Newtownabbey."

Army Technical Officers were tasked to the scene.

The spokeswoman said it was later declared a "a viable letter bomb type device."

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