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PSNI comment on Dervock bombing causing widespread anger

26 August, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Philip McGuigan today said that local people are angered after the local PSNI commander claimed on the media last night to be keeping an "open mind" into the sectarian petrol bomb attack on a home in Dervock the previous evening.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Last night on the evening media the PSNI commander in charge of the investigation stood in front of a burnt out home in Dervock which had also been sprayed with the words 'Taigs Out' Unbelievably the PSNI commander announced that he was keeping an 'open mind' into the motive behind the attack. It is quite obvious to anyone looking on that the attack was sectarian and part of a wider campaign targeting Catholics and nationalists in North Antrim.

"The refusal by the PSNI to acknowledge this reality is causing widespread anger and resentment within the nationalist community in North Antrim. Last week senior PSNI figure Paul Leighton tried to minimise the effect of the campaign in Ahoghill and the sectarian motivation behind it.

"It is becoming very clear to nationalists that there is a tolerance of unionist paramilitary violence amongst senior figures within the PSNI. There can be no other explanation for their failure to tackle this campaign or at the very least publicly acknowledge that it is happening at all." ENDS

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