Woman suffers ‘suspected heart attack’ after Newry arrest
The Chairperson of Newry and Mourne Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Councillor Michael Ruane has expressed his concern about what he described as a ‘worrying incident’ involving the PSNI which occurred within public view in the early hours of Saturday the 27th of October.
“This incident involved the arrest of a husband and wife and subsequently led to their hospitalisation. The mother was rushed to Craigavon hospital with a suspected heart attack and the father had his arm broken.” explained Ruane.
“This makes the job of the PCSP, whose remit is to build confidence between the public and the PSNI, incredibly difficult. According to witnesses the level of force used by the police men involved cannot be justified.
“Whilst I accept that this case is now with the Police Ombudsman, this very public incident has I believe certainly undermined much of the positive work that we have been involved in creating confidence between the community and the PSNI.”
Ruane continued, “We are confident that there are those within the PSNI who are committed to engaging with local communities in an earnest effort to promote safety and prevent crime. In fact the PCSP have highlighted examples of good working relationships with the PSNI and the community where appropriate.
“However, it is incumbent on the PCSP to monitor police activity and hold the PSNI to account. I intend to ensure as Chair that there is no return to the type of policing we have experienced in the past.”
The Chairperson of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership concluded by confirming that the PCSP would be raising these concerns with the Newry and Mourne area Commander of the PSNI.
Newry Times contacted the PSNI in Newry and a spokesperson said,
“Shortly after 2am on Saturday 27th October police spoke with a female in the area of Monaghan Street in Newry. The 40 year old female became disorderly and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police.
“A 38 year old male with the female was also arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police. Following her arrest the female became unwell and was taken to hospital for a check up.”
The spokesperson continued, “The 38 year old male was subsequently charged with disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police and is expected to appear before Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday 21st November. The 40 year old female was subsequently released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.
“As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service. The matter has also been referred to the Police Ombudsman who will investigate the appropriateness of police actions.
The spokesperson added, “As with all such incidents, anyone with a genuine complaint about the actions of police should make contact with the Police Ombudsman who will fully investigate the matter. The PSNI in Newry & Mourne are committed to working with the community to promote safety and reduce crime.”
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