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New Public Protection Unit to tackle Sex Crime

13 January, 2009


Sinn Féin Cllr Marie Cush has called for the perpetrator of a sex attack on the Springfield Road to be brought swiftly before the courts. She was speaking in the aftermath of a sex attack in which a young woman was raped.

Councillor Cush revealed that during a meeting yesterday the PSNI informed Sinn Fein representatives that it is creating "a new Public Protection Unit to respond specifically to this type of crime."

The PSNI also told the Sinn Fein representatives that it plans to establish a new centralised system and co-ordinated approach to prolific offenders. This will deal with the six counties and will be based in Grosvenor Road PSNI station.

Councillor Cush said:
"I want to extend my solidarity and compassion to the victim of this attack and her family. Our thoughts are with them at this time of their ordeal."

"I have already spoken to the PSNI and I would appeal to everyone to support the investigation into this crime.

"Anyone with information about what happened last night should bring it forward to the PSNI. The whole community wants the person responsible for this sex crime to be arrested and brought swiftly before the courts. That is the immediate priority."

"Sinn Féin yesterday had a lengthy and detailed meeting with the PSNI about recent incidents in west Belfast, including the issue of sex crime.

"During that meeting, the PSNI informed us about the creation of a new Public Protection Unit to respond specifically to this type of crime."

"All members of the public, especially those most vulnerable, have a right to be protected from sex crime or any other violence. How effectively the PSNI intervene in this incident and how the courts, judiciary and other agencies respond will all impact on confidence in the policing and justice system and the quality of life of the local community."
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