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Maskey Challenges PSNI After Latest Attack

16 February, 2004

South Belfast Sinn Féín Assembly member Alex Maskey has accused the PSNI of 'completely failing the people of the area'. Mr Maskey's comments came after another elderly person was robbed in their own home last night.

Mr Maskey said:

" Last night a 91 year old woman was attacked and robbed in her home in the Lisburn Road area of South Belfast. This is the latest in a long line of such despicable attacks in recent times. I would wish to extend my good wishes to the victim and her family at this time.

" In the face of a rise in general crime across the South Belfast it is my opinion and the opinion of many people that I have met in the constituency that the PSNI are completely failing to tackle these issues. South Belfast is an area where the PSNI have in the past enjoyed a degree of community support. Yet despite this they continue to fail time and again.

" In the absence of a credible community based policing service many communities are themselves being forced to explore alternative community safety options, including neighbourhood watch schemes and community restorative justice programmes. Sinn Féin will work with communities to develop these projects further in the time ahead." ENDS

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