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Torture, abuse and a suspect's death: An RUC holding centre used during the Troubles

Bobby Hanvey was the only photographer allowed to take pictures before the building was demolished.

OVER TWO DECADES, thousands of paramilitaries were held and questioned at Castlereagh RUC barracks in Belfast.

The holding centre was the subject of controversy as allegations about the treatment by police of those suspected of terrorists acts. In 1978, a suspect died in a holding centre, stirring up allegations of torture and physical abuse and these allegations were backed up by reports in the 1990s.

Burns Library at the Boston College has this collection of photos from 2002, which shows the inside of the holding centre. Bobby Hanvey was the only photographer allowed into the building before it was demolished.

Torture, abuse and a suspect's death: An RUC holding centre used during the Troubles
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    Outside view of RUC station, Castlereagh, Belfast.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Medical room at the RUC station.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Warden's recreation room at the RUC station.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Cell block at the RUC station.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Holding centre and disused sanger at the RUC station.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Files and prisoner medical records at the RUC station.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Cell bed and chair at the RUC station.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Shelves of cassette tapes used to record prisoner interviews.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Exercise cage for prisoners.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Shower area for prisoners at the RUC station.Source: Burns Library, Boston College
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    Shelves of prisoner records.Source: Burns Library, Boston College

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