McGreevy calls for greater PSNI Warrenpoint and Rostrevor night-time presence after kidnapping
South Down Councillor Connaire McGreevy has urged the PSNI to step up its night-time patrols in the Warrenpoint and Rostrevor area after a so-called tiger kidnap involving a local family.
Councillor McGreevy said the spiral in burglaries in recent weeks across the region should have acted as a “warning signal” regarding the possibility of a much more serious crime being committed.
“This latest example of lawlessness in our area needs a much better response than mere condemnation,” he told Newry Times.
“Of course that is a natural response. However we need to have the community working as a support unit for the PSNI on behalf of local people. I make no apology for once again appealing for the utmost vigilance to be shown by all those with an interest in protecting their neighbours and community.
“There is a clear indication that organised gangs are operating to a carefully designed plan. Homes and patterns of travel are obviously being monitored. The end result was the horrifying treatment of a family, snatched from their own home on Sunday night and subjected to a terrifying ordeal,” the SDLP Councillor continued.
“The fact that they were not, apparently, subjected to severe physical trauma is irrelevant. The mental scars that they have suffered will take a long time to go away.
McGreevy added, “The sanctity of their home, like so many others in recent times in the Rostrevor and Warrenpoint area, has been violated. We therefore need the Police to step up their patrols as well as their intelligence gathering operations.”
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