In a statement issued through the Conservative Party, Sir Irvine Patnick said:
I would like to put on the record how appalled and shocked I was to discover the extent of the deceit and cover-up surrounding these events.
It is now clear that the information I received from some police officers at the time was wholly inaccurate, misleading and plain wrong.
However, I totally accept responsibility for passing such information on without asking further questions.
So, many years after this tragic event, I am deeply and sincerely sorry for the part I played in adding to the pain and suffering of the victims' families.
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