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AN ACADEMIC at the University of Portsmouth who has just published a book on the victims of the Northern Ireland conflict is appealing to residents for their stories.

Graham Spencer’s Remembering in Northern Ireland: Approaches to Conflict Resolution tells the stories of terrible atrocities through the eyes of the perpetrators and the victims – with some showing forgiveness and others not.

Now the 48-year-old from Southsea wants to hear from people in Portsmouth who have been at the receiving and offending end of crime, to learn how they dealt with their set of circumstances.

He said: ‘The topic of my book is universal. Although it is based around the conflict in Northern Ireland, it deals with the bigger question of what forgiveness means.

‘You don’t have to live in Northern Ireland to draw inspiration from what people have overcome.

‘There will be people in Portsmouth who have been affected by serious crime. I’d be interested to hear how they have dealt with it.’

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