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SDLP Challenged Over South Armagh Raids

16 December, 2003

Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin Representative Conor Murphy has accused the PSNI of 'deliberatley vandalising' homes in the South Armagh area over the past number of weeks. The latest raids came this morning when two homes were smashed into in the Belleek area.

Mr. Murphy said:

"This morning at around 6.30am I was called to a house in the Belleek area. Around 60 heavily armed and masked members of the PSNI were smashing their way into the home of a local man. They then smashed their way into the man's father's home close by.

"We are consistently being told by the PSNI Chief Hugh Orde, the SDLP and the PSNI allies in the media that we have achieved a new beginning to policing. What I witnessed in Belleek this morning and Silverbridge a number of weeks ago, when heavily armed and masked men arrived at people's homes in helicopters was no different to what people in South Armagh and elsewhere have witnessed for the last 30 years.

"Let us hear the SDLP apologists for this sort of behaviour speak up now. Let them travel to these homes and tell people that this is a new beginning to policing that we are experiencing." ENDS

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