“unusual but absolutely necessary”

Only a few days after the Secretary of State Peter Hain offended Raymond McCord, and UUP MP Sylvia Hermon, by appearing to fall asleep during a meeting to discuss the investigation of the murder of Mr McCord’s son in 1997, the BBC, and RTÉ, are reporting that two former detectives have been arrested and are being questioned today by Police Ombudsman’s investigators “over allegations of perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.” Update Both former detectives have been released with charge. More While Jonty Brown, returning from holiday, takes his turn to be questioned.From the BBC report

An interim report has already been submitted to the Public Prosecution Service and a report is expected to be published next month.

The Police Ombudsman’s Office said the two former officers were being questioned by its investigators at separate police stations.

Police Ombudsman senior director of investigations, Justin Felice, described the operation as “unusual but absolutely necessary”.

The former police officers were arrested shortly after 0700 BST with PSNI officers in attendance.

Update A short Police Ombudsman statement here