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Sinn Féin react to revelation that PSNI spent £300,000 on informants

29 July, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Commenting on figures showing the PSNI spent almost £300,000 on informers in the last financial year, Sinn Féin Policing Board member Martina Anderson said:


“Everyone knows that police forces the world over use informants, but given our history here and in particular the use of informants to manipulate, control and direct loyalist death squads people will be rightly concerned with this revelation.


“There is also a widely held belief that many informants currently operated by the PSNI are active within various dissident groupings. Many questions, for instance, have been raised by the media in respect of Paddy Murray. There is also a suspicion that many of these individuals are involved in criminal actions while others act as agents provocateur and no decisive police action is being taken to prevent it. This perception clearly undermines confidence in the PSNI in their task to deliver an accountable civic policing service.


“This information should first of all have been brought to the Policing Board and discussed there. Now that it is in the public domain I expect a statement on the issue from the Chief Constable at our next meeting.” ENDS

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