PPS statement HMICFRS findings

17 May 2021

The Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Herron said: “We acknowledge today’s publication of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) inspection into the Police Service of Northern Ireland handling of the funeral of Bobby Storey on 30th June 2020.

“I appreciated the opportunity to engage with HMICFRS Inspectors as part of their thorough examination of all relevant matters. We particularly welcome the conclusions reached on the transparent approach taken by the PPS to our decision-making in this case and the useful context given to the challenges of enforcing alleged breaches of the criminal law surrounding a sensitive event when faced with complex and rapidly evolving Regulations.

 “As the internal PPS review process remains on-going - a process which is independent of the original decision-making process and also of the HMICFRS findings - it would be not be appropriate to comment any further at this stage.”