Flanagan criticises policing cost at ‘fracking’ site
Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has criticised the cost of policing operations at a proposed ‘fracking’ site near Belcoo.
Speaking after it was revealed that £461,828 has been spent on policing at the site from July 21 to August 11, the Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said;
"The costs associated with policing the proposed fracking site near Belcoo are outrageous.
"It is wholly unacceptable that this money should come out of the public purse at a time of serious pressures to policing locally.
"These resources have been directed away from preventing and detecting crime in the local area.
"The policing operation that was in place was not there for public safety or to protect citizens. It was there because of opposition locally to plans to impose fracking in an area where it clearly isn't welcome.”