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Anne Cadwallader: Families who paid ultimate price and were lied to, deserve the truth

Published 28/10/2013 | 01:55

A UVF mural in Belfast. Evidence of collusion between UVF killers, police and soldiers has mounted
A UVF mural in Belfast. Evidence of collusion between UVF killers, police and soldiers has mounted

One afternoon in 1999, four people sat around a table in the village of Camlough, south Armagh. One of them was me. Another was Ann Bracknell, whose husband, Trevor, an Englishman from Birmingham, had been shot dead in December 1975, two days after she had given birth to her only daughter, Roisin.

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Ann's oldest son, Alan, was also in the room. A quiet, dark-haired, besuited and serious young man, he said nothing throughout the meeting. The fourth and final person was Jimmy McCreesh, a veteran republican from south Armagh who had witnessed Trevor's final moments.

Jimmy was there to tell Ann, for the first time, exactly how Trevor had died. There were rumours in 1999 of possible collusion in the attack and I was there to record his words and ask Ann if she believed police officers or UDR soldiers had been involved.

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