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South Belfast DPP cancelled after members fail to turn up

24 August, 2005


South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has said that the sub group of the District Policing Partnership (DPP) in the area had descended into a farce. Mr Maskey's comments come after last nights meeting in Sandy Row has to be cancelled after only two members of the body bothered turning up.

Mr Maskey said:

"The SDLP and others have attempted to portray the impression that the new policing arrangements are working well and enjoying widespread community support. The reality on the ground has however contradicted this time and again.

"Last night only two members of the DPP bothered turning up for the meeting in Sandy Row and the meeting was cancelled. The reality is that the local DPP had descended into a farce. Reports of such meetings across the six counties indicate that they are normally only attended by a mixture of PSNI members and local political appointments. Contributions from the community and in particular communities who are victims of bad policing is virtually non existent.

"The Policing Board and the DPPs will only effectively work when they are given the power to do so and convince, through robust action and a willingness and ability to hold the PSNI to account, a community growing increasingly sceptical of the current policing arrangements and the response of the PSNI to ongoing problems such as unionist paramilitary activity." ENDS

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