‘Constructive meeting on PSNI response times’ – Bradley

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley has met with Chief Inspector David Becks to discuss the PSNI response to the recent suspect device left in a hijacked taxi at Martin’s Lane in Newry. Speaking to Newry Times after the meeting Mr Bradley said he had a very constructive meeting with the Chief Inspector, during which they discussed the events around the recent security alert; including the length of time it took police to secure the scene. “The police accept that they have to improve their response times to this type of situation with public safety at the heart of their concerns whilst ensuring that officers are not drawn into a situation where their lives are put at risk. It is not an easy balance to strike but I am satisfied that police are working to get that balance right and that they will carefully review their handling of this incident to that end.” “I made it clear that those who caused the alert are the ones who wish to disrupt community life and put the safety of both public and police at risk. This type of activity and its more sinister form is wrong – it was wrong and unjustified in the past and it is wrong and unjustified now. It should end and end now,” he added. Related articles: Police defend delay in reaching hoax bomb Bradley demands meeting with PSNI over hoax bomb delays  Mayor slams ‘faceless thugs’ responsible for taxi horror Newry Times Exclusive: Horror as ‘device’ left in hijacked taxi is abandoned outside school  
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