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Press Notice 05/03

INQUIRY APPOINTS FORMER SENIOR POLICEMAN TO LEAD REVIEW OF ROSEMARY NELSON MURDER INVESTIGATION
12th May 2005

In his Opening Statement made on 19 April in Craigavon Civic Centre, the chairman of the Inquiry, Sir Michael Morland, announced the Inquiry’s intention to recruit a small team of former police officers from forces outside Northern Ireland with the necessary experience and expertise to assist the Inquiry in its work.

The Inquiry has now appointed Robert Ayling to lead the police team. In the Inquiry’s view, Mr Ayling is exceptionally well-qualified to undertake this role, in terms of his seniority and his experience of reviewing murder investigations and intelligence work.

Mr Ayling served in the Kent Police as an Assistant, Deputy and latterly Acting Chief Constable before his retirement in 2004. He led the Police Complaints Authority supervised investigation into the Metropolitan Police handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation, which subsequently formed a major part of the evidence before the Macpherson Public Inquiry. The Chairman, Sir William Macpherson described Mr Ayling's investigation as "thorough, painstaking and fair". Mr Ayling was recognised for his contribution by the award of the Queens Police Medal.

The Inquiry is currently recruiting the other members of the review team. (The deadline for applications was Friday 27 May 2005.)

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