- Letters were given to almost 190 republicans suspected of crimes who had fled Northern Ireland
- They gave assurances that their recipients were not wanted by police
- The system was agreed between the last Labour administration and Sinn Fein from 2000
- In February, a case against 62-year-old John Downey fell apart when it emerged he had been given a letter in error
- In July, a judge-led inquiry found they were systematically flawed in operation but not unlawful in principle
- Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has promised to clarify their status in the coming days
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The boy was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital where he died.
The victim, who was wearing her uniform at the time, was found knocking on doors nearly four hours after she was abducted.
There will be gales across Scotland and northern England this morning, but these will gradually ease through the afternoon.