‘Five armoured vehicles used to arrest diabetic pensioner’ – Curran

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Newry Councillor and DPP member Brendan Curran has said he is disgusted at the treatment of an elderly female resident of Barcroft Park who was arrested on Wednesday 25th April. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Curran said, “From start to finish this can only be described as a complete mismanagement of a situation by the PSNI, both in Newry and in Armagh. Local MLA Mickey Brady surveyed the scene in Barcroft Park while the raid was ongoing and reported five armoured land rovers in the vicinity of the property. The family contacted the local CRJ office and Newry Sinn Fein. Following the woman’s arrest staff in Newry Sinn Fein contacted the PSNI to register their concerns around the entire search operation and the manner in which it was carried out.” Curran continued, “A local PSNI inspector gave assurances that the woman’s welfare would be looked after. He also indicated that the pensioner’s daughter would be allowed access to her mother when she delivered refreshments to Armagh holding centre. The situation goes from bad to worse once this elderly lady is transferred to Armagh. Unbelievably this diabetic sufferer was asked to remove her shoes and socks and left in a cell in her bare feet.  She was offered a cup of tea which she never received and her daughter, who had travelled from Newry with refreshments for her mother, was refused access.” “I am disgusted to hear of this type of heavy handed policing and I will be bringing my queries to the highest level. This family have been put through a terrible and completely unnecessary ordeal and I am calling on the PSNI to provide an explanation for the management of this operation and for the Police Ombudsman to review the handling of this search and arrest,” he added.
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