Northern Ireland

Former HET man released over PSNI documents theft

Steve Hobbs Image copyright PAcemaker press
Image caption Steve Hobbs was arrested on Wednesday after a search of a property in Hillsborough, County Down

A 62-year-old man who was questioned about the theft of police documents is a former senior investigator with the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

Steve Hobbs was arrested on Wednesday following the search of a property in Hillsborough, County Down. A further search was carried out in England.

He was released on Thursday night, pending a report to the PPS.

Mr Hobbs, a former Metropolitan Police officer, was until recently a member of the HET. He left in December.

The HET is a specialist police unit set up to examine killings from the Northern Ireland Troubles.

A police spokesman said a number of items were removed for examination during the searches.

It is understood the police do not believe anyone's security has been been compromised.