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Residents unhappy at PSNI response to spate of car crimes

11 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Councillor Billy Page has raised concerns about PSNI response times to reported crimes after a number of incidents in the Ballymagroarty area over the weekend.

Councillor Page said:

"Over the weekend there was a spate of incidents in greater Ballymagroarty area in which several cars were broken into and attempts made to steal them.

"I have spoken to a number of residents who are very unhappy at the response they received from the PSNI when they phoned to report these crimes.

"Some of the residents actually phoned to report attempts to steal cars whilst they were taking place, with the culprits still inside the cars. They were told by the PSNI that they could not respond to these calls due to lack of resources. This is simply not good enough if we are build community confidence in a new policing service.

"Last year Sinn Féin committed our representatives on the Policing Board and the DPP's to working hard to ensure that the PSNI is a publicly accountable police service capable of meeting the needs of local communities. Sinn Féin makes no apology for seeking to fulfil this commitment.

"The PSNI must ensure that these incidents in the Ballymagroarty area are fully investigated." ENDS

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