Statement from Kevin Winters in relation to ex-Special Branch officer allegations

“We act on behalf of an ex-SB officer who made a request to PSNI to investigate his allegations that the Castlereagh break-in 2002 was allowed to happen.  We wrote to the Chief Constable’s Office in June 2015 requesting confirmation that our client be treated as a victim of crime, given that his personal details formed part of the material stolen from the Centre.  The PSNI have since confirmed to us that the matter has been referred to the Police Ombudsman’s Office for investigation.   In the meantime we have received formal notification from PONI that they want to meet with the complainant.  Our client will attend with PONI in the next 2 weeks to provide his formal statement of complaint alleging criminality  He claims that the circumstances surrounding the theft of the material are deeply disturbing and put his life and that of his family at risk.   He remains very concerned by the manner in which the authorities have investigated the crime and his allegations since 2002.”

He remains determined to assist PONI and any other inquiry arising