Man 'tied to lamppost' in west Belfast

Published Friday, 31 January 2014
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Police are investigating after a man was tied to a lamppost in west Belfast.

Man 'tied to lamppost' in west Belfast
A picture of the man has appeared on social networking sites. (© Twitter)

A report was received by the PSNI on Thursday night that a man had been tied up in the St James' Road area.

Officers responded at about 9pm, releasing the man who had sustained minor injuries.

A photo has since appeared on social media sites of the man, who was holding up a hand-written poster.

The incident has prompted the police to issue a statement warning against vigilantism.

"The PSNI is responsible for law enforcement and does not tolerate any type of vigilante activity," the statement read.

"Neighbourhood police officers are committed to working in partnership with local communities to address any issues or concerns and it is vital that anyone with information on any illegal activity contacts their neighbourhood police officers, their local police station or indeed a community representative who can pass the information to police so that the matter can be fully investigated by police officers and anyone who may have acted illegally can be dealt with accordingly."

The PSNI have confirmed that they have not received any complaint regarding the incident.

© UTV News
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4 Comments
Psni doesn't work in West Belfast wrote (208 days ago):
Maybe if the Psni did their job local communities wouldn't have to deal with this. People are fed up with what's happening on the streets so are protecting themselves.
Johnny Mac in Belfast wrote (208 days ago):
What neighbourhood police officers? I live in the area and the police are a rare sight indeed as they flash by in their high speed cars.
Ashamed in Belfast wrote (208 days ago):
This is absoluely disgusting! When was mob mentality ever ok?!?! I am ashamed to say i am from west belfast after hearing of this. Vigilantes have destroyed our communities, bully boys! Maybe if they used their energies in an appropriate manor then it would be a better place! They are no better, infact they are much worse than the man in the pictures, regardless of his crimes, IF ANY!!! We have a legal sysyem for a reason, who are any of us to judge?!?! The people involved in this horrible act should be ASHAMED of themselves
questions in belfast wrote (208 days ago):
Can the psni confirm or deny if the man in question was arrested for any offences?
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