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Death of Seamus Fox was preventable by PSNI - Ramsey

21 November, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Sue Ramsey has said that the attack on Seamus Fox in Lenadoon, outside Woodburn PSNI station was preventable and that in not acting the PSNI have let the family of Mr Fox and the wider community down.

Speaking today Ms Ramsey said:

“The Ombudsmans report into the death of Seamus Fox outside Woodburn PSNI station highlights the points that the local community have been aware off all the time.

“Quite simply the PSNI were not willing to act upon the anti-social behaviour outside one of their stations nor were they aware in the case of the killing of a local man of what was happening on their own doorstep.

“While the blame lies squarely with Gerard Connors for the vicious attack on Mr Fox, this attack was preventable.  Despite the assertion in the report that, had the PSNI intervened in the anti social behaviour, Gerard Connors may still have carried out this attack I believe this is highly unlikely.

“In their failure to act the PSNI have tragically let down Mr Fox, his family and the wider community. In doing so there are questions that remain to be answered by the PSNI as to what action they are to take in relation to this matter and those who failed in their duty towards this community.”

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