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TCG South was a Tasking and Co-ordinating Group set up at Gough Barracks in 1979 to co-ordinate army and police operations in the RUC's South Region.[1]

Shoot to Kill

The RUC operation which led to the shooting of IRA members Eugene Toman, Sean Burns and Gervaise McKerr near Lurgan on 11 November 1982 was under the command of TCG South.[2]

TCG South was also responsible for the surveillance of a suspected IRA arms dump near Lurgan which led to the shooting of 17-year-old Michael Tighe on 24 November 1982.[2]

TCG South also commanded the operation in which RUC Constable John Robinson shot dead INLA members Seamus Grew and Roddy Carroll in a incident near the border on 12 December 1982. The series of six killings within the space of a few weeks became known as the Shoot to Kill affair.[3]

Operation Fremitus

In 1987, TCG (S) undertook Operation Fremitus to prevent the UDA moving a cache of Ulster Defence Regiment weapons. Although the weapons were recovered at a vehicle checkpoint, a key UDA figure, Davy Payne escaped.[4]

Payne arrest

TCG (S) was involved in the arrest of Davy Payne and two associates on 8 January 1988, while moving the UDA's share of a consignment of South African arms imported by loyalists.[5] However, this operation failed to locate the main loyalist arms dump at a Glennane farm owned by James Mitchell.[6]

People

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Notes

  1. Mark Urban, Big Boys' Rules, Faber and Faber, 1992, pp.94-95.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mark Urban, Big Boys' Rules, Faber and Faber, 1992, p.115. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Urban115" defined multiple times with different content
  3. Mark Urban, Big Boys' Rules, Faber and Faber, 1992, p.116.
  4. Jack Holland and Susan Phoenix, Phoenix: Policing the Shadows - The Secret War Against Terrorism in Northern Ireland, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996, p.236.
  5. Jack Holland and Susan Phoenix, Phoenix: Policing the Shadows - The Secret War Against Terrorism in Northern Ireland, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996, p.236.
  6. Statutory Report: The Murders at the Heights Bar, Loughinisland, 18 June 1994, Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland, 9 Jue 2016, p.61.
  7. Jack Holland and Susan Phoenix, Phoenix: Policing the Shadows - The Secret War Against Terrorism in Northern Ireland, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996, p.218.
  8. Jack Holland and Susan Phoenix, Phoenix: Policing the Shadows - The Secret War Against Terrorism in Northern Ireland, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996, p.258.