Police Six: August 1991

Police Six: August 1991

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Belfast, Belfast Castle, Castlederg, Kilrea, Ulster Television studios




Transmission 22/08/1991


06min 05sec







Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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This edition of Police Six focuses on three murders, all of which were committed in a week. Willing to release some details about the murders to piece together the puzzle, police appeal to the public for any information that might help solving these crimes. The first murder took place near Castlederg. Patrick Shanahan (Pádraig Ó Seanacháin) was shot dead at the scene. Only three days later, Ronald Finley was ambushed at his farm just outside of Castlederg and died at the scene. A day after, young Thomas Donaghy was murdered near his workplace in Kilrea. Keith Burnside and police encourage the public to use the confidential line and share any helpful information.

It was an active week for thieves as well and this time the thieves made off with some valuable jewellery taken from the Belfast Castle display cases, four pricy sweaters from a shop in Coleraine and 69 car stereo system in Belfast.


12 August: The UFF claimed responsibility for shooting dead Patrick Shanahan in Castlederg, County Tyrone.

15 August: The Provisional IRA claimed responsibility for the murder of Ronald Finlay at a farm six miles outside Castlederg, County Tyrone.

16 August: The UFF claimed responsibility for shooting dead Thomas Donaghy in Kilrea, County Derry.


Presented by Keith Burnside


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