GAA arson arrest to take legal action

Image caption Sean Dolan's GAA club was badly damaged in an arson attack

A solicitor acting on behalf of a man arrested in connection with an arson attack on a Londonderry GAA club has said he will take legal action against the PSNI.

Tony Deery was questioned before being released on police bail.

In a statement issued by his solicitor, Mr Deery denied any involvement in the attack.

A PSNI spokesperson said they have a duty to investigate crime and follow-up on all available lines of enquiry.

Sean Dolan's GAA clubhouse in Creggan was badly damaged in a fire in December.

The PSNI originally said the fire was not started deliberately but later said it was arson.

The police handling of the investigation is now being examined by the police ombudsman.

Mr Deery was detained by police on Tuesday.

A statement from Mr Deery's solicitor, Peter Madden, said Mr Deery was arrested at his Creggan home.

The statement said police conducted two taped interviews and they did not put forward any evidence connecting him to the incident.

It goes on to say that the PSNI also refused to provide any details of the allegations against him, or to provide any information linking him to the fire.

Mr Madden said his client was at Altnagelvin Hospital at the time of the fire.

He added the PSNI have confirmed that CCTV footage exists and have been directed to obtain a copy.

"We will be issuing legal proceedings on behalf of Mr Deery against the PSNI in due course", the statement concludes.

A PSNI spokesperson said, "Anyone who has genuine concerns about police action should contact the office of the Police Ombudsman."