PSNI response to Forkhill robberies criticised

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Monday, July 9th, 2012
Sinn Féin councillor Anthony Flynn has criticised the PSNI for failing to respond to notification of robberies as they were occurring in the Forkhill area. “Members of the community have come to me”, Councillor Flynn said, “and they have informed me that the PSNI were contacted in the early morning hours of Thursday 5th July as a number of robberies on work vans were being committed. “However the police did not make their way out to Forkhill to respond to the incident until 4pm that day, approximately 12 hours later. I am disgusted at the lack of regard which the PSNI have given this incident. Had they responded immediately they may have been able to apprehend these criminals or stop them in their tracks.” Flynn continued, “In total, 5 work vans were broken into during the course of this incident. The contents of the vans, tools worth thousands of pounds, were stolen and the perpetrators made good their escape. “The PSNI’s failure to respond quickly once notified has understandably irked the local community who see large police resources being available for certain operations yet when the police are called upon to provide a community service there does not seem to be adequate provision available.” Councillor Flynn concluded by saying that he intended to highlight these police failings at the highest level, “I have spoken to members of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and they have undertaken to enquire as to the rationale for this failure to respond on Thursday. I am most dissatisfied with the police’s response and they have serious questions to answer. “In addition, I intend to question why the PSNI made no attempt to contact local elected representatives in relation to this matter. This is simply not good enough and won’t be tolerated either by Sinn Féin or by the local community who, frankly, deserve better.”

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