§ Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what efforts were made to apprehend Martin Meehan, who escaped from Crumlin Road prison, and who was observed by the Army entering a house in the Marrow Bone area of Oldpark, Belfast, on Saturday. 15th April.
§ Lord Balniel
I have been asked to reply.
I have received no report of any sighting of Martin Meehan on 15th April. At 7.40 p.m. on 14th April a sentry saw a man who he believed to be Meehan at a distance of about 100 yards in Ardilea Street. Troops were dispatched at once, on the platoon commander's initiative, to search the area but found no further sign of Meehan, who had not been seen to enter a house.
Other searches have been mounted since 15th April, immediately following further reported sightings of Meehan, but without result.