Ombudsman loses staff trust over withheld intelligence

14 August 2011

Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson is under renewed pressure to resign as a damning new report reveals that he has lost the trust of key members of staff.

In April two separate investigations were launched into the Office of Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) after its chief executive Sam Pollock resigned claiming the Northern Ireland Office had interfered in the office and that there had been a “significant lowering of the professional independence” between OPONI and the PSNI.