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East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has said the announcement that seven people are to be prosecuted in relation to alleged ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey offers some comfort to the relatives of patients that truth and justice may be achieved.

It was Mr Robinson's pursuit of his constituent's concerns that ultimately unveiled the litany of abuse.

Commenting he said,

"This announcement is another small step forward towards shining a full light on what occurred within that hospital and ensuring it can never happen again.

It has demonstrated that the announcement of the public inquiry has not hindered criminal investigations from proceeding. This is the largest adult safeguarding case in the entire United Kingdom, with some 1,500 separate criminal cases identified for investigation. Whilst this announcement is a step forward, it will be some considerable time before this process is concluded.

Relatives of those in Muckamore, including my constituent Glynn Brown, have never wavered in their determination to uncover the truth. I hope today's announcement offers those tireless campaigners some degree of comfort that truth and justice may be achieved."