Jon Boutcher

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Stakeknife has previously been named as 73-year-old west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci (centre in a file image from 1987) who denies  he was Stakeknife, or a British spy. Photograph: Pacemaker

Northern Correspondent Four people, including two former MI5 officers, will not face charges in connection with an investigation into the agent code(...)

The PSNI said there were ‘really, really difficult issues for us to resolve’. File photograph: The Irish Times

The North’s police service does not have the financial resources or the personnel to investigate all outstanding Troubles-related cases, the chief con(...)

The Nassau Street bombing aftermath in Dublin, 1974. Three bombs exploded in Dublin and one in Monaghan in May 1974. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

A former English chief constable who is also investigating the British army agent known as Stakeknife and the loyalist Glennane Gang has pledged to do(...)

 Freddie Scappaticci:  denied claims that he is Stakeknife.

An investigation into a British spy inside the IRA could lead to more than 30 people facing criminal proceedings in connection with at least 10 murder(...)

A file image showing the aftermath of the bombing on Nassau St, Dublin in 1974. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher will lead an independent police investigation into alleged state collusion with a notorious loyalist (...)

Freddie Scappaticci has denied he is Stakeknife

A police inquiry into one of the biggest spy scandals in the history of British intelligence has recommended that more than 20 people including senior(...)

An independent investigation has begun into the murders of three RUC officers in Co Armagh 37 years ago. Sergeant Sean Quinn and Constables Allan Mc(...)

  Simon Byrne who has been appointed the next chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Cheshire Constabulary/PA

The new chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is Simon Byrne, the policing board has said. On Friday evening the NI Polic(...)

Retiring Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three serving and one former senior police officer, including the man who is in charge of the investigation into the British army agent known as Stake(...)

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher speaks to the media in Belfast to give an update on the Stakeknife investigation.Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“If I wanted to be popular I would have got a Labrador, ” said Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher who is leading an investigation into one of t(...)

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