PSNI considering recruiting officers for Stakeknife investigation

Freddie Scappaticci, pictured during a 1987 IRA funeral, has strongly denied being double agent Stakeknife
Freddie Scappaticci, pictured during a 1987 IRA funeral, has strongly denied being double agent Stakeknife

The PSNI are ‘considering’ bringing in officers from another force to investigate the activities of the agent codenamed Stakeknife, the army’s most high-ranking agent within the IRA.

Last month, the director of Public Prosecutions in Northern Ireland, Barra McGrory QC, said he had asked the police to investigate allegations that Stakeknife was involved in 24 murders.

According to the BBC Chief Constable George Hamilton is considering the option of using detectives from other police forces in an attempt to secure the support of relatives of Stakeknife’s alleged victims, who have called for a fully independent investigation. A PSNI spokesman told the News Letter: “During an interview for BBC NI Spotlight, the Chief Constable was asked how the referral from the Director of Public Prosecutions into the activities of Stakeknife would be progressed.

“Mr Hamilton said police firstly needed to scope the extent of the investigative work which would be required. The key issues for police were those of resources and public confidence.

“One of the options under consideration was to bring in officers from another force. This is only one option and no decisions have been made.”

The investigation is expected to be the largest ever in the UK into allegations against a single individual.