The family of murdered Belfast solicitor, Pat Finucane, have repeated their call for a full judicial inquiry into his death following the publication of the latest Steven's Report.

The report - by Britain's most senior police officer - found that there was widespread collusion by elements of Northern Ireland's security forces with loyalist paramilitary death squads.

Commenting on the report the North's Chief Constable, Hugh Orde, said that the Police Service of Northern Ireland was a very different force to the one described in the report.

He said he was determined to make sure there was no collusion between officers in his force and loyalist paramilitaries.

The former Northern Secretary, Peter Mandleson, has said he does not see the need for a full judicial inquiry into the solicitor's murder.

Mr Mandleson said an inquiry would do nothing to promote peace and better relations in the province.

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London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said that he was obstructed throughout his enquiries. 'Throughout my three enquiries I recognised that I was being obstructed. This obstruction was cultural in its nature and widespread within parts of the Army and the RUC.

'An incident room which was part of the Stevens inquiry was also destroyed by fire. This incident in my opinion has never been adequately investigated and I believe it was a deliberate act of arson.'

He said that the collusion ranged from the wilful failure to keep records, the absence of accountability, the withholding of intelligence and evidence, through to the extreme of agents being involved in murder.

The Stevens report has been handed over to the PSNI Chief Constable, Hugh Orde. Mr Orde ran the Stevens inquiry into alleged security force collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries before taking up his new post.

International pressure for a judicial inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, 14 years ago, is expected to intensify today following the partial publication of the report.

The report has found that that a covert army unit, the Force Research Unit (FRU), commanded by Brigadier Gordon Kerr, who was then a colonel, as well as RUC Special Branch officers, colluded with Loyalist hit-squads to kill Catholics in the 1980s and 1990s.

The FRU passed information to Loyalist terrorists, mainly through Brian Nelson, an agent who infiltrated the Ulster Defence Association.

Many of the victims had no involvement with terrorism. The report said that Nationalists were known to be targeted but were not properly warned or protected.

Details passed to the Loyalist hit-squads included those of Belfast solicitor, Pat Finucane. Mr Finucane was shot dead in front of his family by Ulster Defence Association gunmen in 1989.

Brigadier Kerr is still serving with the British army.

The report runs to 3,000 pages, but only a brief 15-page summary is to be made public.

Reaction to report

Sinn Féin said there had to be nothing less than a full international judicial inquiry, which they claimed was needed to get to the heart of British military policy.

Alex Maskey, the party's Lord Mayor of Belfast said the report was not about rogue elements within the British system; rather, it was about a state policy sanctioned at the highest level.