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PSNI badge on helicopter will make little difference to those in militarised areas

31 May, 2005


Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today said that PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde was living in a cloud cuckoo land if he seriously believes that nationalists and republicans will think that the purchase of a helicopter indicates any progress towards an acceptable and accountable policing service.

Mr Murphy said:

"At the launch of the PSNI helicopter this morning the PSNI Chief Hugh Orde indicated that he believed that this was a step along the road to normalised policing. He also hinted that the role of the British Army in policing here would be lessened, a claim later refuted by the British Army themselves.

"Hugh Orde is living in a cloud cuckoo land if he seriously believes that nationalists and republicans will believe that the purchase of a helicopter indicates any progress towards an acceptable and accountable policing service.

"In areas like South Armagh Hugh Orde‚s force are routinely carried in low flying helicopters causing unwarranted and unnecessary disruption to peoples everyday lives conducting intrusive spy operations from the air. Putting a PSNI badge on the side of the helicopter will make little difference to life for those of us living under PSNI and British Army militarisation every day of the week." ENDS

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