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Maskey writes to PSNI Chief Constable on Ombudsman report into Harry Holland murder

22 June, 2017 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has written to the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton on the back of the publication of the Ombudsman’s report into the murder of Harry Holland. 

The West Belfast MP was speaking after meeting with the family of Harry Holland who raised their concern over emergency response times.

Paul Maskey said:

“On the day Harry Holland was murdered the Upper Springfield Community Safety Forum and the PSNI met, during which concerns were raised about a gang in the area.

“The Safety Forum was assured by the police that they would react with urgency if members of the public reported the gang.

“However, on the night of Harry’s murder two emergency calls were made to the police service at 10.05pm and 11.17pm, both calls mentioned that an armed and dangerous gang were in the area threatening people.

“The first call was downgraded to non-emergency status, a crew did go out for the second call. However questions have been raised over the thoroughness of their search.

“In his report the Ombudsman found that the police failed to adequately respond to a 999 call made on the night that Harry Holland was murdered, stating that they failed to take appropriate steps to respond to the concerns for safety.

“On the back of these findings I have written to the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton asking for a breakdown of emergency response times for West Belfast.

“Our policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly will also follow up with questions to the PSNI. 

“Residents living in working-class communities want to be assured that their complaints are taken seriously.”

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