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Police accused of prioritising sport over Arlene search
THE family of missing Castlederg teen Arlene Arkinson have criticised the PSNI for prioritising sporting events over the search for their sister.
Speaking through their solicitor, Des Doherty this week, the Arkinsons say police excuses “don’t stand up to scrutiny.”
The family claim they received a letter from the coroner saying that a search due to take place over the summer did not happen because the PSNI committed resources to the Irish Golf Open and the Olympic torch relay. Arlene Arkinson is now missing and presumed murdered 18 years after she went missing. The Castlederg teen left a nightclub in Bundoran in the early hours of August 14, 1994, before being driven away in a two-door car.
Robert Howard was acquitted of her murder in 2005.
“That the Irish Golf tournament and the resources involved in the carrying of the Olympic torch are proffered as reasons for not continuing with the search for Arlene’s body, the family see these as excuses that just don’t stand up to scrutiny,” solicitor Des Doherty told the Strabane Chronicle.
Last week Arlene’s sister Kathleen said the family have lost all faith in police searches.