Journalists Arrested Over Suspected Theft Of Loughinisland Documents

Police have reportedly arrested two investigative journalists in Belfast over the alleged theft of "sensitive documents" connected to the Loughinisland massacre.

Alex Gibney, producer of the documentary 'No Stone Unturned', posted to Twitter that Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey have been detained by police. Both men where involved in the documentary on the 1994 Co Down massacre.

It is understood that police believe material used in the documentary film "had been in the possession of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland(PONI)".
News Image
According to reports, PONI reported to the PSNI that the documents had been stolen, and "potentially puts lives at risk".

The PSNI asked Durham Police to investigate the theft of the documents, and reportedly arrested Birney and McCaffrey today on behalf of the PSNI. It is understood that local police carried out three search operations in Belfast at the same time as the arrests.

Posting to Twitter, Alex Gibney wrote: "Alert: @trevorbirney my producer on "No Stone Unturned," and journalist @Barry_TheDetail have just been arrested in Belfast, NI, for doing good, hard-hitting journalism. Outrageous. Raise ruckus. I am traveling. More later."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 March 2020
Belfast City Marathon Postponed
Organisers of the Belfast City Marathon have took the decision to postpone the race and following half marathon fixture in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The marathon, originally due to take place on Sunday 03 May, will now be held on Sunday 20 September 2020.
19 March 2020
Woman Left Frightened After West Belfast Burglary
A woman has been left shaken after she was forced to the ground and threatened by three males who had forced entry to her home. Police have launched an investigation following the aggravated burglary in west Belfast on Wednesday evening, 18 March.
18 March 2020
Leisure Facilities Closed Across Belfast
Leisure centres and community facilities across Belfast have been closed as measures to combat the spread of coronavirus are ramped up. St George's Market, the Ulster Hall and the ICC Belfast are among those affected. City Hall has closed to the public with tours suspended and the visitor exhibition also closed.
12 March 2020
Eastern Airways Saves Belfast-Southampton Route
Flights from Belfast City Airport to Southampton have been saved by Eastern Airways. The airline stepped in to fulfil the busy route after announcing on Monday that it was creating a six-times weekly Belfast to Teeside International Airport flight. The daily Southampton flights are now available for booking and will begin on Monday 23 March.
12 March 2020
Coronavirus: BCC To Hold Special Meeting
Belfast City councillors are to convene in a special meeting to assess the growing threat of coronavirus. It comes after it emerged that protection measures are to be stepped up in the Republic of Ireland, with all schools, colleges and childcare facilities to close. A total of 20 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.