PSNI admit North Belfast shooting not linked to double murders

The PSNI have publicly admitted that reports linking the attempted shooting of a man in Ardoyne last week with the double murders carried out by suspected members of the Continuity IRA- reported here on Slugger- were false.
According to the North Belfast News, eyewitnesses have claimed that no warning was given and that at least three of the six shots were fired at head height.

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has accused the PSNI of “deliberately misleading the public” over the shooting:

“It was common knowledge in Ardoyne last week that the PSNI fired shots at a man who had been in a run-around car which had nothing whatever to do with the horrific murders. The PSNI were well aware of this fact and Sinn Féin informed the media of this reality.”

Ms Ní Chuilín said that despite this, the PSNI continued to insist to journalists that the shots were fired at a prime suspect in the murder investigation.
She added:
“Many local people feel that this was a deliberate attempt to deflect attention away from the core issue which was the decision of the PSNI member to fire live rounds in a built-up area, one of which went through the door of a local home.”

  • SuperSoupy

    One wonders how other ‘British’ police forces manage without recourse to shooting uninsured drivers, criminals driving oil tankers or death drivers?

  • k

    Why are SF complaining? They’ve signed up to policing. They’ve tried to convince nationalists that the PSNI are not the RUC. SF say they fully support the courts, PSNI and all that goes with it (this includes the lies/spin to the media).You can’t have your cake and eat it. You voted for this at the Ard Fheis, live with the consequences..

  • This is a joke. Of course SF are going to complain, they still can’t stand the fact that anyone but them is trying to police “their” areas.

    The angrytown news folk are just making this story up to suit them. The media decided the shooting must be linked to the murders. None of the reports you link to actually suggest the PSNI said this.

    It may be that on this occasion firing shots was an overreaction. It may not. The depressing thing is the predictability of the SF response, especially since they’ve got an IRA bomber acting as their mouth-peice on this occasion. It wouldn’t matter if the shooting was justified or not, it would be wrong. God forbid we have a police force with a backbone.

  • And Chris, all these posts all at once? Anyone would think you were deliberately trying to overshadow the good news of tonight.

  • k

    The fact is that a PSNI tried to kill a joyrider and the PSNI press office spun it as an attempt to arrest someone involved with the double murder. The media as usual accepted the PSNI version of events as fact.
    However SF signed up to a force full of lies. They know the track record of the RUC/PSNI and they still voted for it at the Ard Fheis so there’s no point in complaining now.

  • Chris Donnelly

    And Chris, all these posts all at once? Anyone would think you were deliberately trying to overshadow the good news of tonight.

    Beano

    Not anyone, only the seriously paranoid.

  • Sean

    If this was anywhere but slugger and if you werent such a bunch of hypocrite unionists you would admit this was a reckless act of a trigger happy cop that should be subjected to the full force of the law

    I am willing to concede that it might not be a systemic problem but this needs to be followed up and prosecuted

  • Pablo

    Should have asked the Police Federation to investigate it…it would no doubt have been a case of a criminal deliberately shooting at himself to discredit the RUC/PSNI.

    They still shoot the mesenger don’t they. Surely the only ones heaping shame and discredit on the good offices of the RUC were the murderers amongst their ranks not those who expose it.

    By the way support for policing means support for GOOD policing, and naturally comes with the right to criticise policing when it is quite clearly BAD.

  • Shore Road Resident

    Chris is falling behind the times with his anti-police spin. Why write this:

    “The PSNI have publicly admitted that reports linking the attempted shooting of a man in Ardoyne last week with the double murders carried out by suspected members of the Continuity IRA- reported here on Slugger- were false.”

    …when he should have written this:

    “The PSNI have corrected false reports that…”

    And to think the police press office is being accused of the spin here.
    Chris should note the fate of Danny Morrison, a mouthpiece of much higher standing also hung out to dry after being used to hold the anti-police line until just before the line was crossed.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    The real story is why a man who ran about firing bullets in a built up area has not been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

  • sean1

    Nothing much has changed then. The ol’ rumour mill from PSNI headquarters can easily distract such grande institutions as the BBC and Havelock House to report ‘as fact’. Why isn’t the person who gave the information to the press named and brought to account.

    Stormontgate should also have brought cops to account for similiar disinformation.

  • Sean, do you actually know that anyone from the PSNI gave the information to the press? Frankly, it would take more than the words of a convicted bomber to convince me.

  • GavBelfast

    It’s being investigated by the Ombudsman’s office at this stage. We can expect it will be a thorough investigation. What more story is there for now?

  • picador

    Last week’s Police Ombudmans report dealt with a shooting several years ago. So we might have a report on this, say by 2011.

    GB,

    What more story is there for now?

    Ahem.. the media (based on police sources) providing false information about a controversial incident.

  • picador

    Chris,

    Given that the incidents are not linked, why use a photo of the murder scene in Elmfield St in your post?

  • McClafferty

    Go to “freegerry.com” RUC/PSNI – just a change in the name…..that’s all!