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PSNI must do more to tackle sectarian hate crime‏

10 June, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Daithí McKay has said that the PSNI must do more to tackle sectarian hate crime.

Speaking at the Policing Board on targets which were set for the PSNI by the Board for 2007/08 Mr McKay said:

"The sanction clearance rate for sectarian hate crime has not improved over the past year and remains significantly below the overall sanction clearance rate of 20.5%.

"Indeed the situation has got worse in the PSNI's Rural Region which has reduced from a 14.1% clear up of sectarian crime to 10% this year.

"It is to be welcomed that the PSNI in this district have overseen a significant reduction in violent crime and criminal damage but an improvement in the tackling of sectarian crime will be key to instilling confidence in the wider community."

Mr McKay continued:

"Over recent months I raised with senior PSNI Officers the need to provide more detailed statistics in regard to sectarian attacks on GAA clubs, Church Halls and Orange Halls and I am glad that this is something that the PSNI has agreed to look at and move forward.

"As we move into another marching season it is also to be welcomed that the PSNI agreed with our assertion that a Code of Conduct in regard to parades should be given statutory recognition and a legal standing. The Parades Commission continue to issue legal determinations on parades which are unclear and open to different legal interpretation. The Commission must be more professional and issue determinations on parades which are clear and unambiguous and more therefore more enforceable." ENDS

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