Special Forces blast Theresa May and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s empty words on ending IRA witch-hunt

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SPECIAL Forces veterans facing court for battling the IRA are being failed by Theresa May, their official bodies say.

In a damning letter, they blast her for empty words in ending the witch-hunt.

Special Forces representatives say Theresa May’s positive comments have done nothing
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The letter, seen by The Sun, also slams Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Chief of the Defence Staff Gen Sir Nick Carter — Armed Forces head.

It says: “Despite warm words from CDS, ministers and the PM, we continue to see a huge gulf between words and reality.

“The resources, chiefly legal, and commitment from Government are not tangible as yet.

“We’ve no confidence our members’ interests are being given anything like the consideration and support they require.”

Theresa May’s supportive comments raised hope but there has been no tangible change for veterans
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The missive — by the president of the Special Reconnaissance Regimental Association and backed by ex-SAS men — was sent to all Special Forces heroes of the 30-year Troubles.

It also slams Government plans for a £150million probe into Army shootings in that time.

It adds: “There are those who see it as further opportunity to rewrite history. We don’t accept the proposals.”

The IRA caused devastation with the Omagh bomb in 1998, where 29 died
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Scores of veterans are going through Northern Ireland trials, with some facing long jail terms if convicted.

The PM has called the witch-hunts “unfair”.


The Government said last night: “Welfare of our personnel and veterans is of utmost importance.

“We provide support to any veteran who needs it.”


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