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Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, speaking after today's verdict in the Constable Stephen Carroll murder trial, said:

"The murder of Constable Stephen Carroll was an appalling crime. His killers have been brought to justice and now face a long period in prison. Today is a very difficult one for Stephen Carroll's family. His widow Kate and all those who loved and cared for him are in my thoughts. I also think about the family of Constable Ronan Kerr, whose anniversary is approaching and whose murderers have not yet been apprehended.

“I met with the Chief Constable earlier this week, and I know that the most fitting tribute to Stephen Carroll and Ronan Kerr is the continuing work and dedication of their colleagues in the PSNI to serve and protect the entire community in Northern Ireland."

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