Ulster compensation is 'offensive'

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New proposals to give the families of terrorists and victims killed in Northern Ireland the same level of financial compensation were denounced yesterday by former Ulster Unionist leader Lord Trimble as "offensive".

The notion of an across-the-board £12,000 payment is believed to be a key proposal of an advisory group set up to deal with the legacy of violence.

Lord Trimble said yesterday: "What the victims of the Troubles want is to be remembered. To come forward first with money is offensive."

RUC widow Phyllis Carrothers said "I don't think the perpetrators of murders and those murdered like my husband should be treated on a level playing field."