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Attack on home of Independent DPP member

19 December, 2008

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy has condemned the overnight attack on the home of Independent Newry and Mourne District Policing Partnership member Annette Hughes.

There was an attempt to set fire to the house and significant scorch damage and damage to machinery as well as graffiti.

Commenting on the attack Mr Murphy said:

"This was a disgraceful attack on an Independent member of the local DPP who is working hard to hold the police to account and ensure that the local community get the policing that people demand.

"There are a tiny criminal minority within the area who are opposed to the delivery of effective and accountable policing."

Annette Hughes added:

"I will not be deflected from standing up for the right of people in this community to proper policing.

"There are a small number of people who clearly see this as a threat.

"Given the past experiences of people within this community of bad and partisan policing it is essential that the progress being achieved is not undermined by the actions of a few thugs who care nothing for local people." ENDS

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