Reports suggest that, the families of victims of the 1974 Birmingham bombings, have been informed that the re-investigation in the terrorist act has failed to unearth the perpetrators of the act.
The 1974 Birmingham bombing claimed twenty-one lives and many others injured. Investigations into the act led to the detainment and prosecution of six suspected individuals, leading a wrongfully imprisonment of innocent people.
These men were later released and had their names cleared of any wrong doings, after thorough investigations proved their innocence in 1991.
However, a re-investigation was launched into the matter, to find the perpetrators of the bombings, and there hasn’t been any conclusion since.
In the run-up to its fiftieth anniversary, the Birmingham bombing remains one of the worst unresolved terrorist act in the history of the mainland, England.
The announcement of such disappointing outcome, has led families to point accusing finger on the police of covering up. The families also claimed that, the government is in some way has disrespected the sufferings that they’ve through.
According to a letter from the office of Crown Prosecution Service, though it has been interrogating Mr. Chris Mullin, a journalist, he provided not enough evidence to move forward with prosecution.
“There is evidence that a confession was made to Mr. Mullin but we do not have sufficient evidence to enable the prosecution to positively identify who made the confession to him.”
“It is highly likely that a court would refuse to order that Mr. Mullin provide answers to any questions asked that might lead to him disclosing the identity of one of his sources.”Office of the Crown Prosecutor Service.
The letter further read that, the Police had two separate account “regarding the movements of the suspect at the time of the pub bombings”.
The report stated that, the police was stuck in its investigations, as one of the informants gave three separation scenarios between 1992 and 2018, and decided not to cooperate again.
“We have concluded that their evidence is likely to be considered insufficiently credible to prove that the suspect was involved in the bombings. The witness evidence is weak and subject to significant discrepancies.”Office of the Crown Prosecutor Service.
Julie Hambleton, a survivor and a sister who lost a relative to the bombing, claimed that, they are not shocked to hear such report from the police because, the letter buys into their thoughts.
“It confirms everything we have thought, which is, it is one mass cover-up. Losing Maxine left its mark in ways people cannot imagine. It is indelibly marked in my brain and DNA.”Julie Hambleton, A Victim’s Sister.
According to a press released from the office of the Crown Prosecution Service, the police submitted all the necessary information for a review, but it wasn’t enough for a prosecution.
“West Midlands police requested that the CPS review a file of evidence with a view to determining whether an individual should be charged in connection with planting the bombs in the public houses.
“We concluded that there was insufficient evidence of identification to establish whether the individual was involved in planting the bombs. We will continue to support police should there be further lines of inquiry.”Office of the Crown Prosecutor Service.
The statement from the Prosecution Service, was confirmed by the Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Jayne Meir. Meir claimed that, they followed protocol as demanded, but it yielded no results.
“We submitted all the evidence available to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration and we note their decision. Our thoughts remain with the families and victims of this terrible atrocity. We remain committed to bringing to justice those responsible for the Birmingham pub bombings.”Jayne Meir, Assistant Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police.