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Gildernew slams lack of PSNI response to Fermanagh robbery

6 July, 2009 - by Westminster

Fermanagh and south Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has slammed the lack of response from the PSNI to a live robbery of a vital ATM machine used by the community in the Newtonbutler area of County Fermanagh.

Speaking this morning Ms Gildernew said;

“The people responsible for this robbery have absolutely no regard for the safety or well-being of the community; they put numerous lives at very serious risk as a result of their senseless actions and deprived people of an asset they have campaigned long and hard for.

Residents are not just baffled by the lack of response from the PSNI but also infuriated by the fact that it took them twelve hours to respond to this incident.

Numerous residents contacted the PSNI who informed the callers that they were ‘aware’ of the situation. Not only was a digger used to ram this vital community resource but the digger was set on fire on a the forecourt of a petrol station.

The PSNI have cited ‘safety concerns’ as their main reason for not entering the area, the reality is that the PSNI are public servants and that my main concern is the safety of my constituent. The days of hiding behind such vague statements are over, what were the safety concerns and can they now make them public in order to justify why they allowed this situation to take place uninterrupted?

On this occasion the PSNI truly failed to do their job and have set community confidence back a great deal as a result. I have contacted the PSNI this morning to highlight my anger and deep disappointment at this incident.” CRÍOCH

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