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PSNI failure to investigate bomb shows tolerance for unionist violence

15 August, 2005

West Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Hartley has accused the PSNI of tolerating unionist violence after they failed to carry out any sort of forensic investigation after a pipe bomb attack on a republicans home in Beechmount on Friday.

Cllr. Hartley said:

" We hear much in the media from PSNI Chief Hugh Orde and those politicians who offer his force blind support about the professional nature of the organisation. The reality on the ground in recent days paints a very different picture.

" Their failure to follow up vital leads in the horrific Blacks Road rape case has already been well documented.

" In addition to this last Friday a pipe bomb device was left outside the home of a republican in Beechmount. The British Army carried out a controlled explosion on the device before the PSNI began to carry out a forensic examination. Such was the woeful effort put into this by the PSNI that they did not even bother to collect that pieces of the bomb which were scattered around the street. Pieces of the device were collected by local people long after the PSNI left the scene.

" This clearly sends out a very clear message that the PSNI are neither interested nor willing to even pretend that they are serious about dealing with ongoing unionist paramilitary violence in this city. What other possible explanation for this failure to collect the most basic pieces of evidence could there be? It seems that the traditional toleration of unionist violence continues at a time when republicans are attempting to rebuild the political process in the wake of the recent historic move from the IRA." ENDS

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