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More police needed to tackle loyalist gangs in Larne - McMullan

18 December, 2014 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called for additional police resources for Larne to tackle loyalist criminal gangs. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"This latest incident where a man was beaten with hammers and pick axe handles in the Bay Road area of Larne must be condemned. 

"This fact this happened in a quiet area highlights the problem in Larne where the absence of policing is being exploited by loyalist gangs and their criminal cohorts. 

"Previously the PSNI had a quick response team located in Larne but they withdrew it and relocated it to cover Ballymena and Coleraine. 

"The PSNI need to reinstate this team to Larne and target resources at the loyalist criminal gangs who are behind the vast majority of crime in the area. 

"I am calling on the PSNI’s Chief Constable to review policing resources in Larne and to seriously tackle the criminals who are holding the town to ransom."

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