File on Paul Whitters, 15, hit by police plastic bullet in 1981, due to be released in 40 years

The mother of a schoolboy killed by a police plastic bullet has written to the Northern Ireland secretary on the anniversary of his death requesting access to a secret file about the incident.

Helen Whitters, whose 15-year-old son Paul was shot by an RUC officer during rioting on 15 April 1981 in Derry, cannot access the official papers held in the National Archives in London until the file’s scheduled release date of 2059.

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