Police 'forced from their homes'

Published Thursday, 10 January 2013
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Police officers in Fermanagh have been forced from their homes because of the dissident threat, a local MLA has claimed.

Police 'forced from their homes'
Tom Elliott said he believed dissident republicans are behind the threats. (© Pacemaker)

Tom Elliott of the Ulster Unionist Party said up to four members of the PSNI have been relocated in recent months, including a female officer who had to leave her Enniskillen home just weeks before Christmas.

"It's a very worrying trend when people can't carry out their job and their role without being forced from their homes," said Mr Elliott.

"For many years during the Troubles police officers and other members of the security services lived under a constant threat.

"We thought we had moved away from that to a more peaceful society in Northern Ireland but obviously we are getting back into a situation where those police officers feel threatened," said the Assembly Member for Fermanagh.

"They feel threatened on duty and now even off duty, so much so that they can't remain in their own homes.

"This is not just about moving house, this is about moving home," he added.

The claims follow the attempted murder of an off-duty police officer in east Belfast last month. A bomb was placed under his car which was parked outside his Upper Newtownards Road home.

The device was discovered when the officer, his wife and two young children were on their way out for Sunday lunch.

© UTV News
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John in Belfast wrote (649 days ago):
I detect a touch of bitterness Lorna.Do you not respect the PSNI in the same way as you seem to have respected the RUC? Police and indeed Prison Officers are still being intimidated from their homes but i'm afraid that it boils down to £, not the saftey and respect they deserve. Don't shout and complain from the sidelines. Get on the pitch and play the game.
lorna in limavady wrote (649 days ago):
No changes there. RUC suffered such for years. No one give a toss now. Loyalists put many out of their homes. one I know fell victim to the IRA after moving house. Will the PSNI stand firm to pressure like the RUC or will they give in for the sake of family life.
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